Krabi coal power plant may postpone electricity distribution for at least 4 years

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BANGKOK – The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has disclosed that Krabi coal power plant may postpone its distribution of electricity for at least four years, in order to improve the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.

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EGAT Project’s Assistant to Community Relations and Environment Governor Anuchat Palakawong Na Ayudhya disclosed that EGAT has introduced modern and environmentally friendly technology to the Krabi coal-fired power plant. However, the commercial distribution of electricity at this power plant may be delayed for at least four years, from 2019 to 2023, as EGAT wants to improve the EIA report, according to the Tripartite Board’s opinions under the order of Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning.

EGAT is also considering the EIA report on the Thepa coal-fired power plant. The report should be submitted to the Cabinet consideration later than scheduled and commercial distribution at this power plant may also be postponed for another year to 2022.

However, EGAT has increased the production capacity of renewable energy development to two megawatts in response the Prime Minister’s order, especially solar power projects that will lead to the installation of solar panels on floating buoys at EGAT’s dams, as well as solar panels in the vicinity of EGAT’s offices.