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Coal-fired power plants caused big environmental problem in Thailand. Let's move Laos !!!
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Egat threatens to move coal plants to Laos

YUTHANA PRAIWAN




The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) plans to develop coal-fired power plants in neighbouring countries to serve Thailand's power demand unless local anti-coal activists stop protesting, says Egat governor Kraisi Karnasuta. Under the new Power Development Plan, Egat is required to build new coal-fired electricity generating plants with a total capacity of 2,800 megawatts (MW).


Additional power from new coal-fired plants would need to come online between 2014 and 2016.


Egat has faced strong opposition to its proposal to build two coal-fired electricity plants: Hin Krut and Bo Nok in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

Both coal-fired plants were aborted following strong protests from anti-coal activists and local communities who fear environmental damage. The total capacity of the two plants was 2,100 MW.


About 14% of all electricity comes from coal used by BLCP in Rayong province and Mae Moh in Lampang. About 4% of electricity comes from hydro plants.

A coal-fired power plant would require a capital investment of around 2.8 billion baht for construction. Egat is negotiating with Banpu Plc, Thailand's largest coal miner, to acquire a stake in the coal-fired Hongsa Lignite plant in Laos, with an aim to hold at least a 25% stake.


Egat would acquire the stake through its subsidiary, which has yet to decide whether it would fall under Ratchaburi Holding Plc or Egat International Co.

Hongsa is located in northern Laos, with a total capacity of 1,800 MW _ most would be bought by Thailand starting in 2015.


Egat plans to sign a power purchasing agreement (PPA) with hydropower operators and the Laotian government during this government's mandate. The four projects are Nam Ngiep I (260 MW), Nam Ngum III (460 MW), Nam Theun I (523 MW) and Theun-Hinboun, which is to expand by 280 MW. The projects would be in full operation by 2012-14.


Egat is preparing a public relations offensive to attract support for its electricity projects.

Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/Business/18Oct2007_biz39.php



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Yay!! lets not pollute Thai air. Lets pollute Laos air. We can bribe some official and build it there. Lao people don't know and won't care anyway.

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I am not sure who would be more clever. What happen if we put the plant near or in Lao-Thai border and far away from our people.
 
Anyway, it is just negotiating. The outcome is not known yet. To blame Lao government is too premature, except people who love to do because they are our foes. 

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stop this evil project! Who will be crazy or corrupted enough to accept that?

-- Edited by paris_vientiane at 07:48, 2007-10-18

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