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 EGAT Mae Moh Mine sent lignite to Japan for conducting research on IGCC technology using a gasifier to turn coal into gas.


Mr. Ophas Jariyabhumi, Director of Mae Moh Mine Production Division, EGAT, revealed that EGAT had collected samples of lignite and shipped them to Japan for conducting the research on Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology, using a gasifier to turn coal into gas before supplied to combined cycle gas turbine plant. Shipping the lignite samples from Mae Moh Mine, Lampang Province to Japan for research conduction on Thailand’s low quality-coal was the collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which was also supported by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd (MHPS) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI). The collaboration complied with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Thai Government and Government of Japan to develop clean coal technology. The MOU to support the study on IGCC technology in Thailand was signed in April 2015.


There were 897 tanks of coal with the net weight of 130 tons shipped from Mae Moh Mine to Klong Toey Customs House, Bangkok by Mitsubishi Logistics (Thailand) Co., Ltd. EGAT had supported document approval process as well as machines and tools that the company could not provide such as backhoe and nitrogen gas. The samples of lignite were shipped to Japan in September.