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         EGAT and ISET (Thailand) Co., Ltd. thank the people for participating in the public hearing of the Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Project at Sirindhorn Dam. The number of nearly 400 participants reflects the people’s cooperation in the project implementation to develop it into a learning source for renewable energy and a new attraction site for Ubon Ratchathani Province.

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         On February 4, 2020, Mr. Sarit Witoon, Governor of Ubon Ratchathani Province chaired the opening ceremony of the public hearing and the conducting of the Code of Practice (CoP) and Environmental Safety Assessment (ESA) reports of the Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Project at Sirindhorn Dam. Mrs. Sriwan Buranachokepisal, EGAT’s Assistant Governor - Power Plant Planning reported on the details of the project. People from the area, local leaders, the government, private organizations, educational institutions, the media, including EGAT executives and people who were interested attended the morning and afternoon sessions totaling 386 persons at Chang Noi Meeting Room, Sirindhorn Dam, Ubon Ratchathani Province.

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         Mr. Sarit Witoon, Governor of Ubon Ratchathani Province said, the Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Project at Sirindhorn Dam is necessary for the country’s power development. The public hearing gives all related sectors the opportunity to comment and exchange opinions which will help the implementation of the project for the maximum benefit of Ubon Ratchathani Province and Thailand.

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         Mr. Kittiwat Thanaphatphaiboon, an environmental expert from the consulting company, ISET (Thailand) Co., Ltd. said, the public hearing is to inform the people and related organizations about the details of the project, the study framework, and the environmental impact that might occur from the development of the project, including measures to prevent, correct, and monitor the environmental impact. The local residents were given an opportunity to comment and express their concerns about the project which will be useful for conducting the CoP report to apply for a power generation license, and for conducting an ESA report to apply for a factory license.

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         As for the public hearing, the morning session included those in the 3-kilometer radius covering 3 sub-districts in Sirindhorn District, Ubon Ratchathani Province, namely Nikhom Sang Ton-eng Lam Dom Noi, Kham Khuean Kaeo, and Chong Mek Sub-Districts; the government; local leaders;private organizations; educational institutions; the media; and the general public. The afternoon session was a discussion between the expert from the consulting company, EGAT representatives, and rafting operators at Sirindhorn Dam. Mr. Sanong Malaikhuan, District Chief of Sirindhorn District chaired the discussion on the concerns of touring rafts in the area.

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         Mrs. Sriwan Buranachokepisal, EGAT’s Assistant Governor - Power Plant Planning thanked the overwhelming number of people from all sectors who were interested in the public hearing and came to express their opinions. EGAT and the consulting company will gather all useful comments to determine the project’s environmental and safety measures, and the project development guidelines in order to make it a learning source for renewable energy and a new attraction site for Ubon Ratchathani Province.

         The Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Project at Sirindhorn Dam with a capacity of 45 MW is the largest hybrid project in the world. It generates electricity by using a combination of solar power and hydropower from EGAT’s Sirindhorn Dam and uses an Energy Management System (EMS) to control the power generation so the power plant can operate continuously in order to increase power security for the region. The solar panels are made from double glass to keep moisture out, while the mooring system is made from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) which is the same material used in water supply pipes and therefore not dangerous to the water and environment. The commercial operation date (COD) of the project is scheduled for December 2020 which is in line with the Power Development Plan, B.E. 2561-2580 (PDP2018).