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The Minister of Energy went to the Southern Thailand to visit the site of Ban Khlong Rua oil transfer jetty project for EGAT’s Krabi coal-fired power plant development. He emphasized the government policy on power security with reasonable price through the power saving campaigns, demand side management, and new power projects.

Mr. Soonchai Kumnoonsate, EGAT Governor, said that Dr. Narongchai Akrasanee, the Minister of Energy, accompanied by Dr. Praipol Koomsup, Vice Minister, Dr. Songphop Polchan, the advisory of the Minister, and Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-oom, the Permanent Secretary, visited the site of EGAT’s power development project in the Southern Thailand and the site of Ban Khlong Rua oil transfer jetty in Nuea Khlong District, Krabi Province, on November 8, 2014. The coal jetty development project was located in the same area of the old oil transfer jetty, which was the mangrove forest without beaches and resorts. The coal transportation route was also not in the community area, while the site of coal power development project was located in the existing Krabi coal-fired power plant that could be developed to secure the power system in the Southern Thailand.

The Minister was informed that the highest demand in the Southern Thailand in 2014 was 2,467 MW. EGAT could respond to the current demand by the electricity generated in the southern area as well as from the central part for additional 600 MW. It was expected that within the next 10 years, the southern provinces would require the electrical power of 3,774 MW. If there was the natural gas supply cut from JDA-A18 source, which happened every year for annual maintenance, the security of Thailand power system would be affected. From 2017-2018, Thailand might face the big issue of power security.

However, EGAT developed the transmission system in the southern provinces into 2 phases.

Phase 1: transmission system improvement projects in the western and southern regions

EGAT planned to construct Chombueng-Bangsaphan-Surat Thani-Phuket 500 kV transmission lines with the total length of 780 circuit kilometers. It was expected to be completed in 2019, and the 2 circuits of Bangsaphan-Surat Thani 500 kV transmission system development with the length of 314 circuit-kilometers would be added, which would be available in 2019-2022.

Phase 2: transmission system improvement projects in the southern regions

EGAT planned to construct the Khanom-Samui 230 kV transmission line in 2019, while Surat Thani-Songkhla 500 kV transmission line was in the process of feasibility study.

For the power plant projects in the Southern Thailand, EGAT’s plans were as followed:

  • Chana Block 2 with the capacity of 782 MW and the expected operational date in July 2014
  • Khanom with the capacity of 930 MW and the expected operational date in June 2016
  • The old Khanom with the capacity of 748 MW would be out of commission in June 2016.
  • 800 MW Krabi Power Plant and 1,100 MW Thepha Power Plant were expected for commercial operational date in June 2019 and in 2022 respectively.

Moreover, EGAT had the back-up plan for the interruption of natural gas supply from JDA-A18 source in 2015, which would occur twice, i.e. on June 7-13 and on August 30- September 8. EGAT would check all power plants and transmission systems to be ready for the situation. EGAT would also operate Chana Block 1 by diesel oil and would purchase more electricity from Malaysia in case of emergency. No maintenance or shut-down of the power plants and transmission system were allowed during those periods. Also, the fuel oil would be reserved, and the campaign of power saving would be implemented from 6.00 p.m.-9.30 p.m.