Thai Power Sector Turns to Coal

Article extracted from : http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/ElectricPower/27086753

‘Thailand’s power sector will require an additional 1.44 million mt/year of sub-bituminous coal once four new coal-fired units come on stream over 2016-2017, an industry source said Monday.

Two of the four 135 MW units at independent producer National Power Supply Co.’s coal-fired power project will come on line in 2016 and two in 2017, the source said. Each unit will require 360,000 mt/year of coal with a calorific value of 5,000 kcal/kg gross as received, or GAR, the source added.

This follows independent power producer Gheco-One Co. commissioning a 660 MW coal-fired plant that runs on imported bituminous and sub-bituminous coal in July 2012.

Further forward, state utility Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, or EGAT, is building four 800 MW units to be commissioned in 2019, 2022, 2025 and 2028, respectively, which will each require 2.25 million mt/year of coal.

Thailand’s power sector consumed 24.53 million mt of coal in 2012, and its industrial sector another 12.24 million mt. The country imported 18.4 million mt of coal in the year, or 49.5% of the total.

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