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Electricity generation in Thailand

Energy generation

Thailand had 24 gigawatts (GW) of power generation capacity as of January 2003, from which it produced approximately 115 billion kilowatt-hours (Bkwh) of electricity.
(source: Energy Information Administration from http://www.eoearth.org)

Nuclear power

Currently no NPPs are operating in Thailand. One reactor is planned, operation shall start in 2020.

Interest by Thailand in nuclear power was revived by a forecast growth in electricity demand of 7 per cent per year for the next twenty years. About 70% of electricity is from natural gas. Capacity requirement in 2016 is forecast at 48 GWe.

(source: World Nuclear Association http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf47.html)

Developments in the nuclear sector

2007: Announcment of NPP construction

In June 2007 the Energy Minister announced that Thailand would proceed with plans to build a 4000 MWe nuclear power plant, and has budgeted funds to 2011 for preparatory work. Construction will commence in 2015, to operate from 2020.
(source: World Nuclear Association)

1995: Feasibilty study for NPP construction

In December 1995, the government set to work on a feasibility study for nuclear plant construction. Studies are to be conducted by the Committee for Studies on NPP Construction, which was set up by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. The committee will also include members chosen from environmental organisations and other NGOs.
In Thailand people who oppose nuclear power can be found in the government, parliament and business community.
Electricity generating capacity in Thailand s was about 15,000 MW (1994)

1967 - 1979: Construction of first NPP stopped

Back in 1974, the Thai government once granted permission to build a NPP. This permission was for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), which intended to build a 600 MW plant at Ao Phai. Announced in 1967, the plan called for operation to start between 1981 to 1982, but it was cancelled after the 1979 Three Mile Island accident owing to skyrocketing cost estimates, resistance from local citizens, and other reasons.