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          Ministry of Energy in collaboration with 3 utilities: Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) rehearsed Thailand’s electricity crisis management plan for the year 2015 with the participation of Electricité de France (EDF).

          On October 28, 2015, Mr. Adul Pitakchartiwong, Assistant Governor – System Control and EGAT officers joined the rehearsal of Thailand’s electrical power crisis management plan for the year 2015. In this rehearsal, there were the representatives from 3 electric utilities namely EGAT, MEA, and PEA as well as Ministry of Energy, while EDF officers joined as the observers. Mr. Twarath Sutabutr, Director-General of Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy chaired the event opening at Mayfair A Grand Ballroom, the Berkeley Hotel, Bangkok.

          Mr. Twarath Sutabutr said that Ministry of Energy constantly worked with EGAT, MEA, and PEA to review and revise electrical power crisis management plan in compliance with international standard. As there was the risk for severe incidents to happen all the time, the rehearsal was needed to enhance the officers’ competency and expertise. Last year, Ministry of Energy had sent officers from 3 utilities to be trained on electrical power crisis management by EDF under the project of power crisis management and structure development in preparation of AEC : on human resource development for crisis management and on electrical power in compliance with international standard. The project aimed to enhance the staff potential and knowledge applied to manage power crisis in Thailand complying with international standard. It also helped preparation for the economical growth caused by ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) opening that would affect the power system in Thailand and the region in the near future.

          The rehearsal of electricity crisis management plan in 2015 was more intense than the previous years because simulation program on a part of power system in Thailand was used in the rehearsal. There were 2 scenarios (1) natural disaster in Laos having an impact on power system in northeastern provinces (2) natural gas supply cut affecting Bangkok. The rehearsal developed the at-hand problem-solving skill. Special in this year’s rehearsal was the collaboration from EDF that sent experts on power system and crisis management to observe and assess the rehearsal with recommendations as feedback that would be further used to develop Thailand’s power crisis management plan to international standard.

          “The rehearsal leads to empirical result and helps enhancing the skill of the system operators who can follow the plan step by step in case of crisis. We aim that Thailand will be the key player in ASEAN. The rehearsal will also help preparation for ASEAN Power Grid, complying with the policy of Energy Ministry to develop the country’s power system to be stable and secured with sufficient power supply,” said Mr. Twarath Sutabutr.