KRABI – The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has joined universities in the South in a seminar on the environmental effects of the coal powered plant in Krabi.
Speaking at the seminar was Thanongsak Chanmethakul, a researcher on coral reefs, who revealed that in the past 10 years, fuel oil tankers that have traveled to and from Ban Klong Rua harbor have not had any direct impact on coral reefs in the area.
In addition, Chaimongkol Yaemarunpattana, a researcher on seagrass, also acknowledged that the movement of the vessels did not affect seagrass, maintaining that Mu Ko Siboya and its vicinity is still home to a variety of marine plants.
Meanwhile, the Director of EGAT’s environmental division Capt Anuchart Palakawongse Na Ayudhya reported the formation of a committee to study the environmental impact of the Krabi coal power plant. A list of candidates for membership of the committee has been submitted to the Office of the Prime Minister for approval, while the committee is expected to hold its first meeting in November.