FTI backs Krabi coal-fired plant

The Federation of Thai Industries has agreed with the plan to develop a coal-fired power plant in Krabi, saying the delay or cancellation of the project would lead to insufficient power supply that could cut the gross regional product in the South by at least 1%. Energy policymakers will make a final decision Friday about whether the government will proceed with the plan to build a 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Krabi. The project has been delayed for about two years because of strong opposition from local residents and non-governmental organisations worried about the plant’s potential adverse effect on the environment, which could damage the tourism industry, which accounts for some 17% of the country’s GDP. 

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