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          EGAT, NEDO, and Marubeni Corporation signed an agreement to use digital technology to support the operation and maintenance of Mae Moh Power Plant Units 11 and 13 with the aim to improve power generation efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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          February 5, 2020 Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, and Marubeni Corporation held the Agreement Signing Ceremony for the Demonstration Project on Improved Power Generation Using Digital Technologies at Mae Moh Power Plant Units 11 and 13. Mr. Kobayashi Izuru, Executive Director of NEDO; Mr. Harada Satoru, Senior Operating Officer, Power Business Division of Marubeni Corporation; and Mr. Nutthavutthi Chamchang, Deputy Governor – Generation of EGAT co-chaired the ceremony which was also witnessed by Mr. Poonpat Leesombatpiboon, Director of International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary and joined by executives and representatives of the 3 organizations at Conference Room 201, EGAT Headquarters in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi Province.

          Mr. Nutthavutthi Chamchang, Deputy Governor – Generation of EGAT stated that NEDO and Marubeni Corporation had proposed a project to use digital technology to support the operation at Mae Moh Power Plant Units 11 and 13 with requests for funding from the Japanese government to provide digital technology for both hardware and software for operation and maintenance development. The project would help upgrade power generation process, reduce cost, enhance competitiveness and sustainability in energy development of the country, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to the most efficient operation of the power plant. With this technology, Mae Moh Power Plant will be supported with operation and maintenance data connection through IoT system, AI analysis for heat rate improvement, fault detection monitoring system which helps reduce maintenance cost, and financial, risk and production opportunity analysis system.

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          EGAT’s Deputy Governor - Generation added that this was the first MOU with NEDO and the third MOU with Marubeni Corporation in order to install and use digital systems at Mae Moh Power Plant in Lampang Province. The time frame is 3 years in which 2020 is for system installation, and 2021 – 2022 is for testing. The goal once the technology is applied at Mae Moh Power Plant Units 11 and 13 is to improve the efficiency of power generation with an average of 0.45 percent. Previously, EGAT had signed the first and second Agreements with Marubeni Corporation for the feasibility study of the project on September 25, 2017, and July 31, 2018 respectively.

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          This collaborative project was originated by the support of Marubeni Corporation and NEDO under the "Private sector-led promotion of low-carbon technology and market creation" with a concern that Thai government has measures for greenhouse gas emissions reduction in accordance with the Paris Agreement within United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and improvement of power generation efficiency of existing power plants. As the main organization responsible for Thailand power system security coupled with care for society and environment, EGAT follows the government polies on greenhouse gas reduction by supporting the use of technologies at thermal power plants that make the most of domestic limited resources. Moreover, it is another way to enhance power system security to support rapid growth of electricity demand, which will further drive the country’s economic development.

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          Presently, Mae Moh Power Plant Units 11 and 13 has an installed capacity of 300 MW each which adds up to a total of 600 MW. The power plant uses lignite as fuel for power generation supplied from Mae Moh Mine which is located in the same area of Mae Moh Power Plant in Lampang Province.