Despite of protest, the National Energy Policy Committee (NEPC) yesterday endorsed today the long delayed coal-fired power plant project in Krabi province for the sake of power stability in the future.
The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha following two-year delay.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut said the meeting resolved to go ahead with the coal-fired power plant construction in Krabi despite of protest.
He said the project was delayed for two years to allow relevant government agencies to conduct studies and to listen to oil ions of local residents.
He said that according to the studies, the southern region's electricity demand has increased constantly, higher than other regions.
In contrast, energy production sources are fewer than those of other regions. Taking these into account, it is necessary to have a new power plant to ensure the energy stability in the future and to address frequent blackouts, he said.
He also told the Ministry of Energy to create understanding among local residents and protesters who the minister of energy said are not local people but from elsewhere to protest every energy project on the globe.
Energy minister Anantaporn Kanjanarat said most protesters are not local residents but outsiders who opposed to the coal-fired power plant project around the world.
On this project, he said Thailand would use clean technology, which had less impact on environment.
He said construction should be completed in 2022 with 30% of the production cost to be spent on reducing fuel use and carbon by 20%, and on getting rid of pollutant.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)