Thailand’s EGAT receives approval for 2 GW of new coal- and gas-fired projects

28 Sep 2021

The National Environment Board of Thailand has approved the Mae Moh 8-9 coal-fired projects and Surat Thani 1-2 gas-fired projects proposed by EGAT (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand). The Mae Moh units 8 and 9, located in Mae Moh District, Lampang Province, will have a capacity of 600 MW and are expected to start operations in 2026; they will replace the existing units of the Mae Moh power plant, which will be decommissioned. In addition, the Surat Thani units 1 and 2 (1,400 MW) situated in in Phunphin District, Surat Thani Province will be commissioned in 2027 and 2029, respectively.

The country’s electricity capacity amounts to around 56 GW (end of 2020). Gas has been following an upward trend since 2016 (+5.1 GW) and has the largest share with 51% of the total capacity. The shares of the other fuels are as follows: hydro 16%, oil 14%, coal and lignite 9%, solar 5%, wind 3%, and biomass 2%.

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