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Egat plans innovation centre

Egat Governor Soonchai Kumnoonsat

Egat Governor Soonchai Kumnoonsat

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand plans to begin constructing a giant Bt500-million Energy Innovations Centre next year to educate the public about alternative energy and technology.

Egat Governor Soonchai Kumnoonsat said the state enterprise would design the facility to incorporate environmentally friendly, energy-saving devices and technology. It will be located at Egat's corporate headquarters in Nonthaburi's Bang Kruay district.

Similar centres will be set up in all regions where Egat runs power plants. In the North, Egat has proceeded with a centre at its Mae Moh power plant.

In the South, the opening ceremony for a Bt100-million centre is set for December 20 at the Chana power plant in Songkhla, near Srinakarin Dam.

Soonchai also said the Mae Moh tourism festival is attracting more and more visitors each year. Attendance at the 11th rendition from Friday-Sunday reached 150,000.

The festival is included on the Tourism Authority of Thailand's tourism calendar.

Egat would like society to be aware that besides generating electricity to meet the country's needs, Egat also places great importance on coexisting with local residents, preserving their living standards and ensuring a safe environment.

Egat monitors air quality 24 hours a day to protect the health of communities near its power plants, he added.

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