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          EGAT has developed power plants under the Power Development Plan (PDP2018 Rev.1) with significant progress resulting in local employment and regional power system security, aiming to enhance the economic recovery after COVID-19.

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         Mr. Prasertsak Cherngchawano, EGAT Deputy Governor - Power Plant Development and Renewable Energy, revealed the progress of power plant development in accordance with the PDP2018 Rev.1 which focuses on regional power system security. Each region therefore requires its main power sources that meet the power demand of household and business sectors. With reliability and consistency with the power system in the transformation period towards sustainable renewable energy in the future, the power plant development will help restore the economy after the pandemic by increasing local employment. Among the development of EGAT to ensure the power system security are the power plants in the 4 regions with the following progress.

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         In the Northeast, EGAT develops more renewable energy power plants, including the 45 MW Hydro-floating Solar Hybrid Project at Sirindhorn Dam with the progress of 93.30% and the scheduled Commercial Operation Date (COD) at the end of June 2021. In addition, the Feasibility Study of the 650 MW Nam Phong Power Plant Replacement Project is currently under consideration by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is under preparation to be submitted to the National Environment Board. The Nam Phong Power Plant Replacement Project is expected to be submitted to the Cabinet for approval within December 2022.

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         In the Central, the South Bangkok Power Plant (Addition) with a generating capacity of 2,100 MW and the North Bangkok Power Plant, Phase 1, with a generating capacity of 700 MW are currently under consideration process for their feasibility study reports by the Ministry of Energy, ERC, and Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC). The South Bangkok Power Plant (Addition) is on the process of preparing the 3rd public hearing for conducting the Environmental and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA); while the North Bangkok Power Plant, Phase 1 is on the process of preparing the 2nd public hearing for conducting the EIA.

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         In the South, the 1,400 MW Surat Thani Power Plant Project, Blocks 1-2 and in the North, the 600 MW Mae Moh Power Plant Replacement Project, Units 8-9 are currently under consideration process for their feasibility study reports by the ERC and NESDC. Meanwhile, EGAT is conducting the EIA for the Surat Thani Power Plant Project, Blocks 1-2 and the final report of EHIA for the Mae Moh Power Plant Replacement Project, Units 8-9 to be submitted to the National Environment Board. The Surat Thani Power Plant Project, Blocks 1-2 and the Mae Moh Power Plant Replacement Project, Units 8-9 are expected to be submitted to the Cabinet for approval within November 2021 and December 2022, respectively.

         “In response to the government policy, EGAT pushes ahead the development of renewable energy power plants coupled with main power plants to ensure the smooth transformation towards renewable energy in the future and maintain the power system security of country. As the new technology for increasing stability of renewable energy is still on developing process, the main power plants are still required for power system security. The power plant development will enable economic recovery after the pandemic by providing employment and supporting domestic industry,” Mr. Prasertsak finally concluded.