Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand

Communities deeply divided over southern power plant plans

Date of Release: 
Sep 10 2016

PINK and green flags flying outside homes in the peaceful Tambon Pak Bang fishing village in Songkhla’s Thepa district may be merely insignificant decorations to the outsider.

But to residents of the quiet community they represent a clear division over plans for a major coal-fired power plant on their doorstep.

Local communities in the South are clearly divided over plans by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to locate coal-fired power projects in Thepa district and Krabi's Nuea Khlong district.

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Xayaburi Dam opponents appeal against Administrative Court ruling

Date of Release: 
Jan 25 2016

Residents affected by the Xayaburi Dam living in eight provinces along the Mekong River appealed to the Administrative Court Monday against five Thai government agencies that backed the building of the dam.

The appeal called for the court to reverse its previous verdict by making the five defendants - the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the National Energy Policy Council, the Energy Ministry, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and the Cabinet - to adhere to relevant laws.

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Xayaburi Dam opponents appeal against Administrative Court ruling

Date of Release: 
Jan 25 2016

Residents affected by the Xayaburi Dam living in eight provinces along the Mekong River appealed to the Administrative Court Monday against five Thai government agencies that backed the building of the dam.

The appeal called for the court to reverse its previous verdict by making the five defendants - the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the National Energy Policy Council, the Energy Ministry, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and the Cabinet - to adhere to relevant laws.

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Egat earmarks Bt668 bn for new power projects

Date of Release: 
Dec 31 2015

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand plans to invest Bt668.3 billion between 2016 and 2020 to build new plants as well as upgrade the existing power grid to connect to new ordinary and renewable power plants, Egat governor Soonchai Kumnoonsate said.

The new power plants include the replacement of four generating units at Bang Pakong plant, the coal-fired power plant in Krabi and two more in Songkhla.

In 2016, Hongsa power plant's third generator in Laos will commence operations.

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Mekong residents to fight dam ruling

Date of Release: 
Dec 26 2015

The Administrative Court yesterday dismissed complaints over the Xayaburi Dam against five state agencies. However, the 37 plaintiffs, from eight Mekong provinces, say they will appeal further.

The judge, who read the verdict, said the defendants had fully complied with their obligation according to the law, so the case was dismissed.

The villagers took a lawsuit against the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the National Energy Policy Council, the Energy Ministry, Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and the Cabinet, four years ago.

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Future of Krabi's power plant unclear

Date of Release: 
Sep 27 2015

The debate over the planned construction of a 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the tourist province of Krabi reveals the dilemma over Thailand’s energy policy direction. Despite activists’ protests against the construction of the coal-fired power plant due to environmental concerns, it is undeniable that the southern tourist provinces need an additional source of power to cater to rising demand.

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