EGAT has assured major dams can take in more water


BANGKOK, 29 July 2012  – The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has assured that there is more room at the country’s major dams to take in more water. 

EGAT’s Assistant Governor for Hydro Power Plants Kitti Tancharoen said that the now-dissipated Typhoon Vicente has recently brought more rainfall and heavy downpour to many parts of Thailand, especially the North and the upper part of the Northeast.

Mr. Kitti stated that the amount of water behind the Sirikit Dam in Uttaradit Province has increased due to continued rain in nearby Nan Province since July 24th.

For the Bhumibol Dam, the impact of Typhoon Vicente has not been significant and left the dam with more room to take in more water.

The EGAT Assistant Governor expects more rain water, of about 300 million cubic meters, will flow into the Sirikit Dam during the next couple of days, while another 100 million cubic meters of water are forecast for the Bhumibol Dam.

While assuring that the capacity of both major dams will still be able to accommodate more water, Mr. Kitti said that there is little risk in the discharge of large volume of water, if needed.