The civil society networks against the Electricity Generating Authority (Egat)’s four coal-powered electricity plants in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang and Krabi Saturday hosted a seminar on the region’s power demand and affirmed their stance to reject coal as a source of electricity.
Meanwhile, residents in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Hua Sai district will host a major protest on June 29.
Egat plans to build at least two plants in Hua Sai and Krabi as part of its original plan for nine 700-megawatt plants in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Satun, Trang and Krabi, Tha Sala conservation group coordinator Songwuth Patkaew said. Songwuth said Egat was prepared to import coal from Indonesia and Australia hence the southern location was convenient. He said the plant constructions were to facilitate heavy industries in the region, especially petrochemicals, because such heavy industries consumed 30-40 per cent of overall power usage.