EGAT, Marines join in artificial reef project


The Electrical Generating Authority of Thailand is working with the Royal Thai Marines in a project to create artificial reefs in Toey Ngam Bay.

Rear Adm. Traikhwan Krairit and Thana Phuttarangsee, vice governor of transmission systems for the utility, presided over the Jan. 23 event at Prince Chumphon Camp in Sattahip.

EGAT donated 2,400 expired high-voltage insulator bulbs to be sunk in the bay to form the foundation for artificial coral reefs.

EGAT officials and Royal Thai Marines throw overboard high-voltage insulator bulbs to be used to form a foundation for artificial coral reefs.EGAT officials and Royal Thai Marines throw overboard high-voltage insulator bulbs to be used to form a foundation for artificial coral reefs.

The expired bulbs were presented to science students at Naresuan University for research on their characteristics and have been found to not be hazardous to the environment, as they are made from soil. Their manufacture, however, creates not only strong resistance to heat, but strength and durability, making them ideal for use in a submerged reef.

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