NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 27 May 2014 – Nakhon Si Thammarat's Governor presided in a meeting focused on reducing electricity since there will be a shutdown of the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA) during 13 June – 10 July due to maintenance.
In practical terms, the shutdown means that about 420 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas will be unavailable. This is forcing Chana Power Plant in Songkhla Province, which has 710 MW total productivity, to cease operating. This could possibly result in 14 southern provinces being blacked out, particularly at 6.30 - 10.30 p.m.
To cope with this problem, EGAT and PEA are trying to reduce power usage and will ask for collaboration from the public later before the shutdown.