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Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) held the public hearing opening for public and stakeholders to share their opinions on the draft of environmental impact assessment report of Bang Pakong Power Plant Replacement Units 1 and 2. The local people from 13 sub-districts living in Chon Buri and Chachoengsao Provinces joined the event.

EGAT in collaboration with SECOT Co., Ltd. held public hearing for Bang Pakong Power Plant Replacement Units 1 and 2 at Kirati Siriyothin Building of the 11th Infantry Regiment King's Own Bodyguard in Mueang district, Chon Buri Province. The event was chaired by Mr. Decha Chaiya, the Deputy Governor of Chachoengsao Province. The representatives from government sector, community leaders, and local people from 13 sub-districts living within a 5 k.m. radius of the power plant, both in Chon Buri and Chachoengsao Provinces participated in the event.

Mr. Paopong Tamsomrit, Assistant Governor-Project Community Relations and Environment, revealed that the participants shared a lot of opinions and suggestion that would appear in the environmental impact assessment report, which would be further submitted to the Specialist Committee for comment. After that, Independent Commission on Environment and Health as well as related authorities would give their opinions and submitted to the Office of National Environmental Board for agreement before being submitted for the Cabinet’s approval.

Bang Pakong Power Plant Replacement Units 1 and 2 are the single shaft combined-cycle plants with the total capacity of approximately 1,350 MW. They are comprised of two gas turbines; each has the generating capacity of 442 MW, and two steam turbines with the generating capacity of 233 MW each. Natural gas is used as the primary fuel and diesel oil as the secondary. They will replace Bang Pakong Power Plant Units 1 and 2 that will be decommissioned in 2018.