EGAT awards a contract to a Consortium of Alstom (Switzerland), Alstom (Thailand) and Sumitomo Corporation for the construction and supply of EGAT’s 850 MW North Bangkok Combined Cycle Power Plant Block 2 Project.

     The contract signing ceremony was held on February 4, 2013 at Four Seasons Hotel and presided over by Dr. Norkun Sitthiphong, the Energy Permanent Secretary. The 15 billion baht construction deal was signed between EGAT represented by Governor Sutat Patmasiriwat and the Consortium by Alstom Chairman and CEO Patrick Kron, Alstom Thailand President Didier Farez, and Sumitomo Representative Director, Managing Executive Officer, General Manager - Mr. Michihiko Kanegae.

     The contract includes engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of North Bangkok Combined Cycle Block 2 of 850 MW. Construction will take approximately 3 years. The new power plant which is scheduled for commercial operation in January 2016 will increase the total generating capacity of the North Bangkok Power Station to 1,550 MW, making it one among EGAT’s biggest power stations. With its location closest to Bangkok, the country’s biggest load center, the new power plant will significantly reduce line loss in the transmission system and help boost efficiency and security of the power supply system to satisfy the fast growing electricity demand particularly in Greater Bangkok and central provinces.

     EGAT received the Cabinet’s approval for the construction of North Bangkok Combined Cycle Power Plant Block 2 Project on July 10, 2012. The project is located next to the currently in-service North Bangkok Combined Cycle Block 1 at EGAT Headquarters in Nonthaburi Province. North Bangkok Combined Cycle Block 2 will utilize natural gas from Myanmar and from the Gulf of Thailand as fuel and thus help minimizing carbon dioxide emissions.