Hua Sai Coal Power Plant Project

From Global Energy Monitor

Hua Sai Coal Power Plant Project is a proposed coal-fired power station of approximately 800 MW in Hua Sai District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand.

Location

The map below shows the location of Hua Sai district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the approximate location where the plant will be built.

Loading map...

Background on Plant

The Hua Sai project was mentioned in EGAT's 2012 annual report as the site of new power plant development projects with Chumphon Province and Krabi Province.[1]

In 2013 the local government said they welcomed a coal plant in Hua Sai, and that it would be "in the range of 800 MW."[2]

However, the plant is not included in the Thailand Power Development Plan for 2015-2036, and appears to be cancelled.[3]

Opposition

Community members from Hau Sai district in the southeastern part of Thailand’s Nakhon Si Thammarat province together with Greenpeace Thailand supporters and volunteers flew hundreds of kites above the Ministry of Energy’s Hau Sai Wind Energy Research Centre last weekend to symbolise the provinces potential to lead the way in renewable energy supply. Located along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Hua Sai district in the Pak Phanang Estuary has been home to a Royal Development Project under the patronage of His Majesty the King since 1995 for land, agriculture and livelihood development, water management and conservation. The mass kite flying was in response to a proposal by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to build a coal-fired power plant in the range of 800Mw similar to others proposed by the authority, which the local community is concerned will adversely affect the regions ecosystem, biodiversity and livelihoods where half a million people make their living from agriculture and fishing. Chariya Senpong, climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace Thailand said an alternative 126Mw wind energy project reaching from Nakhon Si Thammarat province to Songkla province is a viable alternative, with numerous academic studies confirming its feasibility. “This a great opportunity for investment in small power plants as opposed to large centralised dirty coal-fired power plants”, she added. According to Assistant Professor. Dr. Jompob Waewsak, Solar and Wind Energy Research Laboratory at the Renewable Energy System Research and Demonstration Center at Thaksin University, “Nakhon Si Thammarat province provides a golden location for wind energy investment with studies showing onshore and offshore wind farms capable of generating a combined 19,738Mw of electricity.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT)
  • Location: Hua Sai district, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
  • Coordinates: 8.0444501, 100.2836172 (approximate)
  • Status: cancelled
  • Capacity: 800 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources

References

  1. "Corporate Social Responsibility," EGAT Annual Report, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Le Fevre, "Greenpeace Thailand says wind a viable alternative to dirty coal power plants," The Establishment Post, August 23, 2013
  3. "Thailand Power Development Plan, 2015-2036," Thailand Ministry of Energy, May 2015

Related GEM.wiki articles

External resources