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Krabi coal-fired power plant gets go-ahead

BANGKOK: The government decided on Friday (Feb 17) to proceed with a planned 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the southern province of Krabi, overriding vigorous and widespread objections.

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Saturday 18 February 2017, 09:51AM


Police hold back protesters trying to enter Government House after the prime minister's energy policy committee decided to go ahead with a coal-fired power plant in Krabi province. Photo: Bangkok Post
Police hold back protesters trying to enter Government House after the prime minister's energy policy committee decided to go ahead with a coal-fired power plant in Krabi province. Photo: Bangkok Post

The project’s opponents vowed to expand their protests after approval was announced, and tried unsuccessfully to enter Government House.

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand plans to build the plant in Nua Khlong district of Krabi.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the Energy Policy and Planning Committee he chaired resolved to go ahead with the power plant. Authorities had already shelved it for two years to explain its benefits to the public. Now it was time to implement it as the South had need of a secure power supply, he said.

“I ask opponents not to create conflict,” Gen Prayuth said.

“The South consumes more power than other regions, but has fewer power plants than other regions. More plants will be developed, with the principle of cost effectiveness, safety and benefits to local people.

“The South has experienced blackouts. The longest was three hours.”

Energy Minister Anantaporn Kanjanarat said the coal-fuelled power plant would use clean and safe technology.

The South was depending on 400-500MW of electricity generated from other regions. Without a new electricity generating plant, power-saving measures would be necessary there.

Twarath Sutabutr, director-general of the Energy Policy and Planning Office, said the South's demand for electricity had risen by 4.7% in the past decade. Provinces facing the Andaman Sea had a power problem because local plants could not meet the local demand. He referred to Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket and Trang provinces.

The new power plant in Krabi would meet the demand, he said.

The decision to go head with the project upset about 200 opponents who rallied outside Government House awaiting the decision. They vowed to continue their rally there until the government changes the decision.

Representatives of protesters in the lower South said they would stage bigger rallies in the South and in Bangkok. There was no truly clean technology for coal-fired power plants. Pollution from the plant would affect local tourism and people's livelihoods.

Protesters in Bangkok tried to walk into Government House, but police stopped them.

 

Read original story here.

 

 

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Kurt | 19 February 2017 - 17:19:39

Thailand, yes, really can learn and adept energy wise from countries more far in energy matters.
Look at Scandinavian countries, Germany, The Netherlands.

Eagle refers to a person, president Trump, but that is not the issue here.
Politicians come and go.
It are the scientists and the people concerned who should have a heavy voice in this.
Stop that 1 step forward, 2 steps back ( political)

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Christy Sweet | 19 February 2017 - 12:48:23

Eagle, Coal provided nearly 40% of energy in USA in 2013, long before Cheetolini came upon the political scene.

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Kurt | 19 February 2017 - 11:31:48

For Thailand, ..wind- and solar. That is the energy future.

Does Thailand has coal herself they want to use, or will it be import ( buying!)?
If Thailand has not her own coal than foreign coal sellers will take advantage of this new planned Krabi coal-fired power plant.
It will become very expensive electricity for the thai people.
Import goes by shipping, needs a large polluting shipping berth with cranes , spreading a lot of coal dust while discharging/transporting the coal to the electricity plant.

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Kurt | 18 February 2017 - 17:36:02

Yes wind- and solar energy are the future of Thailand. Of course.
Now there is a thai officials anti windmill things starting up.
Windmills on farmland! OOOh, but that can not!!!

And why in the rest of the world can windmills stand on farmland, and now may be not in Thailand?
Windmill stacks not block farming!
And if you see the small thai windmills you laugh about.
look at windmill size in Europe now. The hight, the wing size.
That thai mickey mouse bla-bla about legal or not according the old law. All nonsense.
Adjust the farming land laws, hello, it is 2017, not 1957.

And start up with solar energy, + windmill fields in sea! Like elsewhere in the world.
When they start coming up from under the stones?
Never embrace new things/future.
Always the heels in the sand and resist developments, developments you already can see so much outside Thailand.

This are important issues for Thailand's future energy setting.

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Eagle | 18 February 2017 - 17:17:47

FYI malczx7r:Many hotels use solar power in Thailand,as many private homes do.Another fact:Thailands solar power capacity is higher than all the rest of south-east asia combined.

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Eagle | 18 February 2017 - 16:28:16

Thais should learn from highly developed countries like the USA!!Oops,i forgot,Donald Trump is a big supporter of coal-fired power plants.

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Kurt | 18 February 2017 - 13:44:10

Pity, a missed chance to improve environment.
Why not combine/integrate waste/rubbish incinerators with power plants?
Try to keep coal out.
So much is technically possible today. Why 'use the past'?
Modernize thinking and doings.
Use foreign expertise. Make Krabi a today modern pilot project!

The year 2017 is not the time to start with NEW coal-fired power plants.
No developed country would do that.
Many countries like to stop using them, and made a economical many year steps program to get rid of them.
And Thailand want to build them new?

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malczx7r | 18 February 2017 - 13:17:47

You'd have thought with all the sun in Thailand, solar would be used more but I've never seen it here, all government buildings, hotels, coukd have it and also water containers on roifs to use sun to heat water at hotels!

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BenPendejo | 18 February 2017 - 12:45:55

Here you go... another knee-jerk and short-sighted decision by Thai officials.  This is not only against the wishes and pleas of concerned Thai citizens, but is a step backwards into the use of dirty and polluting industries. "Energy Minister Anantaporn Kanjanarat said the coal-fuelled power plant would use clean and safe technology".  This guy is clearly a stooge, as there is no clean coal.  In this land of abundant solar access, this decision is clearly rooted in cronyism and dirty influence...not sustainability and forward thinking... but then, nobody has ever accused Thailand of being forward thinking.

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marcher | 18 February 2017 - 10:14:21

Stupidity reigns. Time to get rid of this government and try to catch up with the rest of the world

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