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Thai power plant awaits approval in Myeik

The Thai government-backed utilities provider GPSC has promised the new power plant will feature 'clean coal' technology to control environmental degradation. (PHOTO: Wikicommons).

SET-listed Global Power Synergy Plc (GPSC), Thailand’s leading producer and distributor for utilities, is awaiting the Burmese government’s decision regarding a request for the construction and operation of a 2,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Myeik [Mergui] in southern Burma after a recent feasibility study and environmental impact assessment.

It plans to invest in the project with partners Japanese Marubeni Corporation, the international arm of Thailand’s Electricity Generating Authority, Bangkok-based SRI Energy Co and Burma-based Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings Co.

GPSC, which is also the utilities arm of Thai government-backed energy flagship PTT Plc, said the project would adopt clean coal technology to control sulphur and nitrogen emissions from the electricity-generating process.

In a related development, a major shareholder in GPSC, IRPC Clean Power, said a small 240-MW, 180-300 tonnes-per-hour power and steam producer was progressing as planned.

In the first phase, 45 MW of electricity and up to 100 tonnes per hour of steam will be sold this year to IRPC, an integrated petrochemical unit of PTT.

GPSC shares closed yesterday on the SET at 23.60 baht, down 30 satang, in trade worth 67.4 million baht.

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This article was originally published in the Bangkok Post on 28 July 2015.