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Economy May 24, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Energy firm PTT is hopeful that the formation of a new government will speed up the approval of several projects, as the previous caretaker administration lacked the power to make policy decisions or approve budgets.
“We have to get some clarity on the formation of a new government. But I believe it should help solve problems and unlock outstanding projects so they can move ahead,” Saran Rungkasiri, chief operating officer for PTT’s downstream business, said yesterday.
Projects such as PTT Global’s plan to enlarge a petrochemical factory have been on hold, awaiting government clearance.
PTT has outlined measures to deal with the present curfew. All PTT fuel stations have been instructed to improve their service efficiency, as the National Peace and Order Maintaining Centre’s curfew order has reduced their working hours. 
PTT president Pailin Chuchottaworn noted that because of the curfew, the working hours of those stations had been cut down.
From yesterday, the stations closed at 10pm. Some stations operate 24 hours a day normally.
Meanwhile, PTT is also asking the NPOMC to make provision for the transport of fuel and gas 
during the curfew period to ensure a sufficient supply to key customers such as hospitals and 
Central Group yesterday released a statement that all department stores, speciality stores and shopping malls under its management will be open as per normal hours and will close at 8pm. FamilyMart, meanwhile, will open from 5am to 10pm.
 The company will evaluate the situation on a daily basis and will inform customers if there is any change.
Meanwhile, all of The Mall’s shopping complexes in Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima will also open as per normal opening hours and close at 8pm.