Thailand diversifies generation fuel on more coal
Thailand will likely continue to rely on coal to fuel their expanding power plants over the next two decades. Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (known as EGAT) informed their electricity capacity target at 70,686 MW in 2030. As of the writing of this article, the installed capacity status all over the country is 32,395 MW.
Dr. Jiraporn Sirikum, Deputy Director of EGAT’s System Planning Divison exposed to Coal Asia how Thailand coal-fired generation will emerge as inline-projected in the state electricity generation mix. As for coal market, this power development program requires the secured imported coal supply.
Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of thermal coal, is expected to continue to become key supplier for the the state coal requirement as the country has the advantage of close proximity compared to other key exporter such as Australia.
“Among other aspects, the near distance lead us to choose coal from Indonesia”, she said emphasizing the transportation cost consideration that would steer the decision. She furthermore explained that Indonesian sub-bituminous coal for the would be preferential to be used on ultra super critical (or at least super critical technology) since the country is also increasingly aware of the environmental hazard of coal. For instance, EGAT is now facing environmental activists who protest the plan to reopen an-800 MW coal plant in eco-tourist destination, Krabi.