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          In response to the government’s policy, EGAT is in the process of modifying Bang Pakong Power Plant to use 160,000 tons of palm oil for power generation as a way to help farmers due to the decline of palm oil price. It is expected that palm oil will be integrated with natural gas as fuel for power generation by mid-January.

          Mr. Patana Sangsriroujana, EGAT Deputy Governor – Strategy and EGAT Spokesman said that the resolution of Thailand Palm Oil Board on November 1, 2018 with the agenda of solving a decline of palm oil price required the Ministry of Energy to apply 160,000 tons of palm oil for power generation to reduce its domestic stock. EGAT is in the process of modifying 576 MW Bang Pakong Thermal Power Plant Unit 3 to support the use of crude palm oil as fuel for power generation with natural gas. It will take 2 months to complete the modification. By next January, the power plant will be able to generate power from crude palm oil. For each month, 30,000 tons of palm oil will be applied to generate electricity, which will help increase the price of palm oil, a way to help palm oil farmers according to the government’s policy.

          The Ministry of Energy will support and coordinate with the related sectors for the approval process of Bang Pakong Power Plant’s modification to use palm oil with natural gas.