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         The Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) project is conducting a socio-economic and opinion survey in the study area of the FSRU project. The onshore natural gas pipeline is placed parallel to the Suvarnabhumi drainage canal and is below the EGAT transmission line in Samut Prakan Province. It totals a distance of around 40 km and is the most suitable placement for the pipeline. Currently, the survey is almost 90% complete.

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         Act. Maj. Anuchart Palakawongse Na Ayudhya, EGAT’s Assistant Governor - Project Community Relations and Environment reported the progress of the FSRU Project in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand, the FSRU Harbor Project, and the project of transferring natural gas from the FSRU to South Bangkok Power Plant. EGAT and ERM-Siam Co. Ltd., the consulting company for the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) completed the 1st public hearing of the onshore FSRU project in Samut Prakan Province in February 2018.

         EGAT and the consulting company has continued to visit the site to conduct an EIA report and is currently doing a socio-economic and opinion survey with the leaders, the public (households, businesses, villages), government agencies, hospitals, schools, religious institutions, and other organizations in Mueang Samut Prakan District, Phra Pradaeng District, and Bang Phli District in Samut Prakan Province within and beyond 500 m radius. The purpose is to clarify information and report on the progress of the project including gathering questionnaires from the socio-economic and opinion survey and building a good relationship with stakeholders. The survey is 87% complete inside the study area and 88.5% complete outside the study area (500 m radius). All study area surveys are expected to be complete by May 2018. From the survey in the area, the attitude towards the project is neutral.

         The onshore natural gas pipeline placement, which is the project study area, starts from the onshore pipeline point in the area of Suvarnabhumi Airport drainage canal (West) with the distance of around 10 km and connects to the EGAT power system which includes the 230 kV Bang Pakong - Bang Phli (left) route of around 13 km, to the 230 kV Bang Phli - Thepharak (left) route of around 5 km, and to the 230 kV Thepharak - South Bangkok (left) route of around 12 km until it reaches South Bangkok Power Plant totaling around 40 km.

         The FSRU Project in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand, the FSRU Harbor Project, and the project of transferring natural gas from the FSRU are projects to support fuel acquisition for the country and to secure long-term supplement of natural gas. This is in accordance with the resolution of the National Energy Policy Council (NEPC) on December 8, 2016 which assigned EGAT to implement the first FSRU Project in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand to support the import of LNG in the amount of 5 million tons per year to supply South Bangkok Power Plant and North Bangkok Power Plant including supplying natural gas to the current natural gas pipeline system. It is scheduled to be complete and to transfer natural gas in 2024.