EGAT and Royal Irrigation Dept Co-operate on Power Generation
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has joined hands with the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) in order to lift the country’s capacity in power generation.
After the signing of a MoU between EGAT and the RID, Sutat Patamasiriwat, Governor of EGAT, said the agreement was to develop two power plants located in Uttaradit and Lampang provinces, with a capacity of power generation of up to 8 MW, of which 5.5 MW will come from Kiu Kho Ma dam and the rest from Khlong Tron dam.
The project is scheduled to be completed by 2016. If the project is successful, the governor said the country will have 45 million more units of electricity per year, bringing in 132 million baht more income to the state enterprise. Thailand, then, will not have to rely much on fuel imports, on which the country is now spending over 167 million baht per year.
He further revealed that EGAT and the RID have been working together since 2007 and have already developed 6 power plants nationwide.