Sufficient power guaranteed during Myanmar gas suspension

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KANCHANABURI, 24 MARCH 2013 The director of Srinakarind Dam has assured sufficient electricity generation to meet the national demand during Myanmar’s planned gas cutback in April.

Srinakarind Dam Director Boon-in Chuenchavalit said that the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the Ministry of Energy and the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) have cooperatively laid out measures to handle possible power outage in April.

The country’s electricity demand is expected to peak next month while the natural gas supply from Myanmar will be temporarily interrupted during April 5-14.

As part of the measures, Mr. Boon-in said the scheduled maintenance activities of machines and electric generators would be postponed and electricity supply will be purchased from neighboring Malaysia and Laos.

He added that private power companies have been contacted to help distribute electricity to the main power system.

Moreover, additional water will be released from the Srinagarind Dam and the Vajiralongkorn Dam in Kanchanaburi Province for the extra hydro-electricity generation.

While the Srinakarind Dam Director has thus guaranteed that there will be sufficient electricity for people across the country to use, he strongly urged the public to conserve energy to help in the crisis.