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Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) in collaboration with Chachoengsao Province held public hearing for Bang Pakong Power Plant Replacement Units 1 and 2. Communities and stakeholders living around the power plant were invited to participate in the event with the aim to scope measures of environmental and health impact assessment.

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On April 24, 2014 at Suntara Wellness Resort, Chachoengsao Province, representatives from EGAT led by Assistant Governor-Generation 3, Mr. Pol Kongsue, joined the public hearing which was chaired by Vice-Governor of Chachoengsao Province, Mr. Bhundit Theveetiwarak. EGAT’s stakeholders including local authorities, NGOs, institutes, industrial factories, and media totaling around 1,000 people participated in the stage.

The public hearing was done according to the policy for public participation and health and environmental impact assessment implemented by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. EGAT will further hold public hearing round 2 and 3 before submitting the report to Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning.

From the public hearing, the stakeholders showed the concern on the temperature of the water released from the power plant that might be too high to have an impact on ecosystem. Moreover, to avoid the noise impact, the public wanted the power plant to build buffer zone. All the opinions gained will be considered to find out the solution so that the power plant will be able to generate electricity without the impact on communities and environment.

Bang Pakong Power Plant Replacement Units 1 and 2 with the total capacity of 1,300 MW are scheduled for commission in April 2019. This project is under Power Development Plan 2010: 3rd Revision (PDP 2010) which requires EGAT to construct new combined cycle power plants using natural gas as fuel, in order to cope with the increasing power demand and ensure the stability and reliability of the power system.