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Thailand plans to increase coal use in power generation - minister

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Thailand plans to increase coal use in power generation - minister

By Florence Tan and Chayut Setboonsarng

 

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* To find new coal-fired power plant locations end-2018

* Increase coal’s share in power generation to ensure security

* Electricity from renewable to be priced at grid parity

 

NEW DELHI/BANGKOK, April 12 (Reuters) - Thailand is expected to increase the share of electricity generated by coal to diversify its fuel mix for power generation, the country’s energy minister said.

 

“The share of coal in our power generation mix is very low at slightly less than 20 percent,” Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum late on Wednesday.

 

“We need to diversify the sources of fuel for our power generation. Having a reasonable percentage of coal to be used for power generation would be a necessity in considering the security of fuel supply to our generation system.”

 

Thailand relies mainly on natural gas to generate power, but domestic demand is falling behind consumption, requiring the country to import more piped gas from Myanmar and more liquefied natural gas (LNG).

 

A plan by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to build coal-fired power plants in the southern Thailand tourist destinations of Krabi and Songkhla has been delayed for years due to opposition from villagers and environmentalists.

 

“We need to conduct a more global strategic environmental assessment to identify a more suitable location to build a coal-fired power plant that Thailand needs,” Siri said, adding that a decision on the plants’ locations could be made towards the end of this year.

 

“In terms of contribution to carbon dioxide generation, Thailand can be considered as one of the lowest in the world,” Siri said.

 

Thailand has promoted the use of renewable energy aggressively over the past 10 years, he said, adding that the share of electricity generation from renewables has reached around 12 percent, which is the highest rate among the countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

 

“But that achievement came at an expense as we’re paying a high rate for generation of electricity from renewable resources,” he said.

 

Authorities increased retail electricity prices by 3.5 percent last year for the first time since 2014, citing rising oil and gas prices.

 

Falling costs for solar panels has made the renewable resource competitive against fossil fuels.

 

“We have proven in several pilot projects that we can expand on our success to promote more electricity generation from renewable resources at a price which we call grid parity at 8 cents (per kilowatt hour) on a wholesale basis.”

 

Going forward, Siri said Thailand will only be accepting grid-parity prices of electricity generated from renewable sources.

 

(Reporting by Florence Tan in NEW DELHI and Chayut Setboonsarng in BANGKOK; Additional reporting by Promit Mukherjee in NEW DELHI; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

 
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And what was it.... 2 years ago I believe, that there was to be an upsurge in solar power production. One of our land plots out in the sticks was earmarked for a 20 rai solar farm. 4verything was above board and paperwork was filled out, submitted, and stamped. Pre-approval was given and a downpayment was paid out. Then....... silence..... nothing but silence. The projects were shelved. No explanation - just shelved. Now??? Going back to coal... WTH????

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Coal?

In a country that has 365 average sunshine- days a year?!

Coal?

So it's not only the stupid- "period costume"- craze...Thailand REALLY is walking backwards...if that is humanly possible!

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4 hours ago, scotbeve said:

And what was it.... 2 years ago I believe, that there was to be an upsurge in solar power production. One of our land plots out in the sticks was earmarked for a 20 rai solar farm. 4verything was above board and paperwork was filled out, submitted, and stamped. Pre-approval was given and a downpayment was paid out. Then....... silence..... nothing but silence. The projects were shelved. No explanation - just shelved. Now??? Going back to coal... WTH????

Nobody will understand this!?

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4 hours ago, DM07 said:

Coal?

In a country that has 365 average sunshine- days a year?!

Coal?

So it's not only the stupid- "period costume"- craze...Thailand REALLY is walking backwards...if that is humanly possible!

Almost nothing to add.

I often wonder why there is such bad air near Lampang and near Mae Sot/Tak.

OK, beside burning fields and trash, China-bad-air, air pollution done by the

other neighbours and so on. - Lampang/Mae Mo, someone being interested might

search on the net. Read - if you want - also about Mae Sot/Tak

https://www.ceri-mines.org/documents/27symposium/papers/ma11-4suwannathong.pdf

Here are some pictures.

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image.png.93d2aef1d04ac066008cebc4946fd25b.pngMae Sot/Tak (2007)

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4 hours ago, DM07 said:

Coal?

In a country that has 365 average sunshine- days a year?!

Coal?

So it's not only the stupid- "period costume"- craze...Thailand REALLY is walking backwards...if that is humanly possible!

The Australian govt is talking about developing more coal mines, building coal fired stations etc etc.

Are they going backwards or us thailand an easy target?

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4 minutes ago, Expatthailover said:

The Australian govt is talking about developing more coal mines, building coal fired stations etc etc.

Are they going backwards or us thailand an easy target?

a) they are going backwards!

b ) the subject here is THAILAND and not Australia or Takatukaland

c) of course, there had to be one! 

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Sunshine does not grease palms.  It just makes them sweaty. 

 

Governments say they want electric cars and solar energy, but they really don't, unless it is for military use.  They prefer things they can tax or get a little something on the side.   That is why voting is so important. 

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They think that coal is cheaper , but in the long run that is not true ,

 

The damage done by coal plants will create future problems that are not easy to repair ... even with a lot of money ...

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No need for an increase of coal power , just shut down some Bangkok malls.

Where does the coal come from to power southern Thailand tourist destinations of Krabi and Songkhla ? Import ? Why not import cleaner gas ?

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18 minutes ago, BuaBS said:

No need for an increase of coal power , just shut down some Bangkok malls.

Where does the coal come from to power southern Thailand tourist destinations of Krabi and Songkhla ? Import ? Why not import cleaner gas ?

Thailand has a lot of gas fields, the rest is imported from Myanmar - which explains the relationship with them! :shock1:

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They want to start using coal fired power plants that will creat a great deal of pollution in a Country that has now just been declared No 1 World Pollutant.  I do wish that the people responsible for making these decisions would think of the Country and the People that they are meant to be serving, instead of being the bunch of self-serving autocrats that they are.  So, so sad, especially with the many hours of sunshine the Country experiences each year, which is tailor made for solar power.  Unbelievable!

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3 hours ago, CGW said:

Thailand has a lot of gas fields, the rest is imported from Myanmar - which explains the relationship with them! :shock1:

IF Thailand has lots of gas fields , why go for coal power ?

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Built a few Nuclear Power plants Offshore,,,No problem with Cooling Water there,,,The only Problem maybe to get Decent Operators for the plants,,,        :sick:

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21 hours ago, webfact said:

In terms of contribution to carbon dioxide generation, Thailand can be considered as one of the lowest in the world,” Siri said.

To much blah blah Siri..... this is why I have turned Siri off, on all my devices.

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