The Energy Ministry has announced 10 urgent action plans for 2020 to support living expenses for Thais, maintain the country’s energy security and become a regional leader in the sector. Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said the ministry has to carry out several missions next year to ensure dynamic growth in the economy. A new round of licensing for petroleum exploration and production (E&P) is expected in 2020 after 12 years of postponement, he said. Thailand last granted an E&P licence under Round 21 in 2007, with 29 licences delayed since because of political instability and economic slowdowns. Many advocates have called for a delay and revision of the country’s petroleum laws from an E&P concession to a production-sharing contract.