Thailand to Complete First Energy Master Plan

THE government of Thailand is in the process of completing their first national energy master plan, incorporating three current energy-related plans.

The new master plan, is to be completed over the next few months and will include a forecast of the country's oil and gas consumption.
Thailand's 20-year power development plan (PDP) for 2010-30 has been revised after the country’s nuclear power programme was postponed following Japan's tsunami and resultant radiation leaks in March this year.

In April the panel overseeing the PDP agreed to the proposal from the Energy Ministry to a three year delay the Thailand’s first two nuclear power plants, originally scheduled to start operation in 2020.

Another existing plan, the renewable energy development plan (REDP) is being revised inline with the new policy to increase renewable energy from 20 percent up to 25 percent of the country's total energy consumption by 2022.

According to Sittichod Wantawin, Director of Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Policy under the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO), this new energy development plan will last for five years, after which it will still be subject to revision and/or improvement.

Suthep Liumsirijarern, EPPO director-general, commented that this single energy master plan will be a first for Thailand, adding that the plan will provide a complete picture of the direction of the country's energy-development along with future power demand, aiding state agencies.

Picture of Bangkok by Swami Stream reproduced under CCL.

Wednesday 5th October 2011

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