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No worries on electricity supply, minister assures

By THE NATION

 

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The Energy Ministry will ensure adequate electricity supply while many people are advised to work from home by the government in an attempt to promote social distance and prevent the spread of Covid-19, Energy Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong said on Saturday (March 28).

 

 

“I have ordered all related agencies, especially the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, to monitor power usage closely and evaluate the situation on a daily basis as people tend to use more electricity during summer (March-April),” he said. “There should be enough power for everyone despite the government’s recommendation to work from home as we have increased generating capacity by over 30 per cent from power plants nationwide.”

 

Sonthirat added that although power consumption will rise among residential users, electricity usage among entrepreneurs will decrease as many business venues have been ordered to shut down until April 30, such as department stores, restaurants, schools, universities and entertainment venues. “Plus, companies that let their employees work from home will save on power bill too,” he added.

 

As for national oil consumption during the Covid-19 shutdown, Sonthirat said that in the first three weeks of March, oil consumption in Thailand had gone down by 8 per cent compared to February. “The trend should continue to go down as the government has postponed the Songkran holidays, which usually cause oil consumption to spike in April,” he added. “We estimate that oil consumption in 2020 could shrink by 20 per cent.”

 

Meanwhile, Khomkrit Tantrawanich, secretary-general and spokesman of Energy Regulatory Commission, has said that the Ministry of Energy will still prepare for increased power usage in the coming months by postponing maintenance schedule of power plants to make sure that all can run at full capacity when necessary.

“Furthermore, we have ordered PTT Plc to reach out to LNG providers in Myanmar to postpone the scheduled maintenance of their facilities to ensure uninterrupted distribution of LNG, which is one of the main fuels for power generation,” he added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384988

 

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So,  the regular power outages will continue as normal.  I understand they cannot give advanced warning if it's an accident but how about when it's regular maintenance???

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We've already had 3 power cuts this week and once power was so low it wouldn't even light a 24 watt bulb for a few hours.

More to come for sure

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1 hour ago, sammieuk1 said:

Power cuts on the way by the sound of it🤔

Yep, we get about 1 biggie and a few brown-outs most days.

 

Couldn't find their backsides with both hands...

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Grumpy John said:

So,  the regular power outages will continue as normal.  I understand they cannot give advanced warning if it's an accident but how about when it's regular maintenance???

Easy for me to guess when its maintenance or upgrade goes off at 8.30 normally i know its going to be off for a long time.  If you have a car buy an inverter and a long extension lead (yeh i know condo dwellers may have a problem) even a small one will run a fan and chargers.

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2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

No worries on electricity supply, minister assures

Is he saying that I haven't had 80 power cuts at home since 2013?

The last two were on 25th March - we managed two in one day.

 

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