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Thailand commits to gas in latest power plan

Opposition to coal in Thailand has caused the country’s energy ministry to prioritise gas and renewables Opposition to coal in Thailand has caused the country’s energy ministry to prioritise gas and renewables.
By Andrew Walker 18 December 2018 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation 0 33724
The Map Ta Phut LNG terminal in Thailand. (Qatargas)

Thailand’s government has reconfirmed its commitment to gas in its new Power Development Plan (PDP), which sets a target for gas to generate 53% of the country’s power in 2037. This is an increase from 30-40% in the previous PDP published in 2015, and indicates the country will become increasingly reliant on imported gas as domestic production declines.

The Energy Policy and Planning Office drafted the PDP and confirmed last week that it had abandoned plans to build the Krabi and Thepa coal-fired power plants, which...