EGAT confirms normal power consumption with no blackouts on the 5th day of JDA closure

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BANGKOK, 18 June 2014 – The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has confirmed that electricity generation in the South remained normal with no blackouts yesterday.

The EGAT said that the power supply in the South was normal yesterday despite entering the fifth day of a 28-day closure of a power plant, normally powered by natural gas from the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA- A18). The closure during maintenance is from June 13 – July 10. The power consumption in the region peaked at 2,286.03 megawatts at 7.42 p.m. which is higher than previously. The power plants in the South can supply up to 2,300 megawatts without disruption.

In addition, the EGAT has set up a facilitation center to monitor the risk of blackouts in the region around the clock. The public in the 14 Southern provinces was asked to reduce electricity consumption between 6.30 – 10.30 p.m. to avoid blackouts.