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Community Development

          As part of EGAT’s mission in securing the power reliability, it has continually implemented various infrastructure development projects, such as power plant extensions and transmission system maintenance and expansions (high voltage transmission line and high-voltage stations). However, these activities may inevitably cause impacts on or inconvenience to the communities surrounding the projects. For example, certain rights to use or occupy the land around a grid system may be limited or local communities may be affected by dust and wastewater from construction activities. The potential impacts of every EGAT project are assessed in advance in an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report, which also identifies mitigation measures to reduce the impacts on communities during project construction and operation phases. For small-scale projects not requiring an EIA report, mitigation measures are strictly implemented by project owners. Moreover, EGAT has measures in place for paying compensation and damages during construction and provide financial aid to those affected by power grid construction as a remedy for evictions and such construction. In addition, land owners are entitled to file an appeal with the Energy Regulatory Commission within 30 days after receiving written notice of compensation from EGAT, as per the Energy Regulatory Commission RE: Criteria, Principles and Conditions for Appeals and Consideration of Appeals B.E. 2552 (2009). 

          Displacement and relocation are impacts that EGAT take seriously and try to prevent, especially in protected areas (e.g., Class 1A watersheds and non-hunting areas), community areas, and sensitive areas (e.g., temples, schools, and religious places). In 2020, no projects carried out by EGAT caused any communities to relocate. However, there were some land management issues due to the grid system development project that will pass through a 100-year-old tree in Hat Yai Subdistrict, Lang Suan District, Chumphon Province and land plots currently under allocation by the Agricultural Land Reform Office in Hong Charoen Subdistrict, Tha Sae District, Chumphon Province. EGAT has already discussed these concerns with the Office of Energy Regulatory Commission and related agencies to minimize the impact. In addition to managing direct impacts on communities from project activities, EGAT has regularly communicated with the public in compliance with its corporate communication plan and upheld our responsibilities towards communities and society. EGAT is committed to developing and implementing projects to benefit communities, which is one of the key stakeholders, in line with its sustainable development policy, the Fifth National Strategy on Green Growth Development, and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Social engagement procedures with the neighboring communities have been established in all of EGAT operating areas, accounting for 100 percent, in the context of community engagement, impact assessment and community development projects. Important projects carried out in 2020 include 

Community Engagment in Project Area

       EGAT engaged local communities and promoted the quality of life and wellbeing in communities through the following projects. 

       Local Community Engagement through field visits and activities, such as meetings with heads of government agencies and village headmen every month to listen to concerns related to EGAT’s operations and clarify issues of EGAT’s projects. 

       Building Understanding through group discussions to clarify facts and listen to concerns about upcoming projects and exchange information and views about ongoing projects. 

       - North Bangkok Power Plant Project (Extension) Phase 1: Held six group discussions in the Bang Kruai District to share opinions and clarify facts and one group discussion with the Sunthornsiri Community located near EGAT. Coordinated internal units to strictly comply with measures to prevent impacts on communities. Organized three study trips for 376 members of the Bang Kruai Village Headman Club, the Bang Kruai Village Health Volunteer Group, and the Bang Kruai Community Committee to the North Bangkok Power Plant and Srinagarind Dam in Kanchanaburi and to participate in the ‘Mound, Reservoir, and Paddy Model’ activity. 

      - North Bangkok Power Plant Project: Organized a site visit for 48 teachers and students from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Rajamangala University of Technology North Bangkok, to enhance their understanding of power generation and environmental management. 

       - Surat Thani Power Plant Blocks 1-2 Project: Organized two study trips for 96 public servants from the Phunphin and Mueang Surat Thani Districts to the North Bangkok Power Plant and the EGAT Learning Center, Central Office. 

       - Nam Phong Power Plant Replacement Project: Organized two study trips for 135 heads of government agencies and community leaders from the Nam Phong District and executives, medical workers, and officials from Nam Phong Hospital, District Public Health, and Subdistrict Health Promoting Hospital to the Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Construction Project at Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani Province. 

        - Nam Phong Power Plant Project: Organized a site visit for 79 vocational teachers and students from Nam Phong Technical College to enhance their understanding of power generation and environmental management. 

       - Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Construction Project at Sirindhorn Dam: Organized four study trips for 410 students and teachers from Sirindhorn Wittayanusorn School, Ban Kham Khuean Kaeo School, Mu Ban Tua Yang School (Pa Dong Hin Kong), and Thairath Wittaya 87 School (Self-Development Community 1) to the Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Construction Project. Organized a study trip for members of the Ban Saeng Udom Giant Bamboo Steamer Basketry Group, Kolan Subdistrict, Buntharik District, Ubon Ratchathani Province to learn and develop skills to make baskets from giant bamboo at local bamboo basketry handicrafts at the Ban Wenbuk Arts and Crafts Center. 

       - Floating Storage and Regasification Unit Project: Organized a study trip for 50 leaders from the Song Khlong Subdistrict to the Pipeline Operations Center Region 8, Tha Muang District, Kanchanaburi Province, and Srinagarind Dam. 

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EGAT Magazine 2020 - Apr-Jun