Egat insists on going ahead with Thepa plant

CONSTRUCTION of the Thepa coal-fired power plant is set to begin in the second quarter of next year, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) said, even though many locals have refused to sell their land despite facing threats.

Egat has so far insisted that it will build the 2,200-megawatt power plant in Songkhla's Thepa district, despite strong protests from local people. The Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) for both the plant and coal transport has also not been approved by the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning Office (ONEP).

Krabi EIA on hold for clean tech study

The tripartite panel considering the fate of the coal-fired power plant proposed for Krabi must reach a conclusion before the project's environment and health impact assessment is considered, says the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (Onep).

Raweewan Bhuridej, Onep's acting secretary-general, yesterday confirmed the office will suspend considering the EHIA until the panel has done its work.