BANGKOK, 1 May 2019 (NNT) - The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is planned to renovate existing power plants for better flexibility and to support electricity generation from renewable energy, while the peak electricity usage this summer season is expected to increase no more than 500 megawatt.
EGAT’s Governor Viboon Rerksirathai has said on the occasion of EGAT’s 50th anniversary that the EGAT will continue to maintain and develop the country’s energy security in the future in keeping with consumers’ changing demands with more renewable energy introduced to the power grid, and to improve flexibility of power plants to be able to produce more electricity to substitute those provided from renewable energy in case of outage.
The renovations will start at Wang Noi Power Plant costing 160 million baht budget and is expected to complete in 2020. The renovations are also further planned for Phra Nakhon Nuea and Chana power plants.
EGAT has also developed power storage systems in forms of Pumped Storage Hydro Plant and large scale batteries at Bamnet Narong Electricity Station in Chaiyaphum, and Chaibadan Electricity Station in Lopburi, equipped with power management, usage prediction, and generation control from renewable energy systems.
Thailand’s highest electricity usage this year has so far been recorded on 24 April 2019 at 30,120 megawatt due to hot climate. It is expected the number may increase by 500 megawatt, reaching up to 30,500 megawatt this summer.