Policy & Regulation

Opposition to coal offers boost for gas in Thailand

Public opposition to new coal-fired power capacity in Thailand could push the country towards a greater reliance on gas and renewables Public opposition to new coal-fired power capacity in Thailand could push the country towards a greater reliance on gas and renewables.
By Andrew Walker 3 September 2018 0 32392
Map Ta Phut LNG terminal in Thailand. (Qatargas)

Thailand’s Ministry of Energy is planning to expand the share of coal and renewables in the country’s energy mix at the expense of gas, but public opposition to new coal-fired capacity could cause problems.

Coal generated 18% of Thailand’s power output in 2017, and the share is expected to reach to 30% by 2036, according to the country’s power development plan. The ministry aims to build 7.4 GW of coal-fired capacity to meet this target. 

However, recent proposals to build two new coal-fired plants...