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Thailand Wants to Be Southeast Asia’s Power-Trading Middleman

By Randy Thanthong-Knight

 

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Credit: Bloomberg

 

  • The plan aims to balance regional power oversupply, shortage
  • Infrastructure development funding in some countries a barrier

 

Thailand is jump starting a decades-old plan to create a Southeast Asia electricity super-grid, and wants to be the power-trading hub at the center of it.

 

The nation is set to triple the amount of electricity from Laos that it resells to Malaysia, while encouraging infrastructure upgrades stretching from Cambodia to Myanmar necessary for cross-border power trading, said Wattanapong Kurovat, director general of the country’s energy policy and planning office. The moves are part of Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong’s efforts to make Thailand’s power system cleaner, cheaper and more efficient.

 

The trade is simple, Wattanapong said. Thailand would buy more electricity for its own national grid from Laos, which generates more than it needs from dams along the Mekong River and its tributaries. It would then have excess power in its own national grid that it could sell into Malaysia, Cambodia or Myanmar.

 

Full story: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-25/thailand-wants-to-be-southeast-asia-s-power-trading-middleman

 

-- Bloomberg 2019-08-26

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and I want to have powers similar to Superman.  It's fun to have goals.

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3 minutes ago, Just1Voice said:

Another "hub" that the wheels will fall off of, just like all the other "hubs"

When I was younger, the hubcaps fell off the wheels.

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Stick to ST and soapies...

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Just now, FarFlungFalang said:

Where I live I'm pretty sure we had that many last month!

Your electricity supply is even more part-time than ours!

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55 minutes ago, Just1Voice said:

Another "hub" that the wheels will fall off of, just like all the other "hubs"

Well, Thailand is the geographical center of south east asia. So being a hub - for anything - makes sense.

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5 minutes ago, trainman34014 said:

They can't even supply a decent electrical infrastructure and supply in this country but they want to sell power to other countries.  Never think about spending money for the good of ALL who live here, only 'how can we make a quick buck by selling something'.   Typical Thailand !

The truth is they have no power to sell. In times of shortage they buy it from Laos from the hydro dams constructed by the Chinese.

I think they are planning on trying at being an electricity broker and get commissions on the sale of power where they act as a mediary for buyers and sellers. 

The interesting question is where is Prayut going to get the power needed for his wondrous Eastern Economic Corridor? Wind/solar/battery power wont cut it for 24hr industrial use. 

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I suppose the Laotians will cop the blame for lighting up the wrong ends of lampposts in future🤔

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Its a joke right? Small rain shower or breeze of wind and PEA's power is out for a few hours. This month have not had one day where we had power for all 24 hours.

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let me guess and the on/off switch will be located in China?

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