Egat fires up coal plant plans

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand says it will launch a new environmental and health impact assessment for the planned coal-fired power plant in Krabi and an environmental impact assessment for its deep-sea port within three months. The studies will take two years to complete and cause further delays in developing the facilities, said Egat governor Kornsit Pakchotanon. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha scrapped the previous EHIA earlier this month and ordered Egat to conduct a new one with greater input from nearby communities. Mr Kornsit said Egat plans to hire a different consulting firm to conduct the latest impact assessments for the 800-megawatt power plant and the deep-sea port, to be located near the plant in the coastal province.

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