Cabinet approves investment in new Bang Pakong power plant
The Cabinet on April 4 gave its approval for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to go invest Bt33.94 billion to build a new power plant in Chachoengsao’s Bang Pakong district to ensure a stable and adequate power supply in Bangkok and its vicinity. Construction is expected to be completed by 2019 and the investment to be recouped in 13 years. Government Spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the power generated by the new plant would compensate for power-generating capacity that was lost after the 1,050-megawatt Bang Pakong Combined Cycle Power Plant 1-2 was terminated in 2014. Egat says a new 1,300MW power generator will be installed in the same 50-rai (8-hectare) site of the terminated plant in Chachoengsao province and fuelled by natural gas, both from the domestic supply from the Gulf of Thailand and imported liquefied natural gas.