Thailand steps away from coal

Published onDecember 26, 2018

The Electricity Generating Authority Thailand (EGAT) has turned its back on coal-fired power plants for now after years of fruitless attempts to build them in southern Thailand. The proposed Krabi coal-fired plant came up against strong opposition from environmental groups and non-governmental organisations on the grounds that it could cause harm to the ecosystem, specifically fisheries, as well as the tourism industry. EGAT also wanted to build the Tepa coal-fired power plant in southern Songkhla province, but both of these projects are now on hold – deleted from the just-released draft 2018 Power Development Plan (PDP), which sets out the country’s long-range energy goals and ambitions.