DELAY IN TENDER PROCESS FOR WIND AND SOLAR PLANTS

Corporate October 09, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) might have to postpone to mid-next year its schedule to sell price-bid documents for contractors to install energy storage systems in Chaiyaphum and Lop Buri provinces.



The projects need to be sent to the National Economic and Social Development Board’s consideration first.

The project in Chaiyaphum is to support its plan to develop a wind turbine plant with 16 megawatt capacity, while that in Lop Buri will support its plan to develop a solar power plant with 21 MW capacity, said Saharath Boonpotipukdee, Egat deputy governor for renewable and new energy.

Originally, Egat management wanted to see the two energy storage system projects being kicked off as soon as possible as prototype projects. But the Egat board later decided that the projects should be considered by the NESDB first according to the usual procedure. 

The two projects are expected to attract bidders from Japan, South Korea and Europe. If the state agency sells the price-bid documents in the middle of next year, it is expected to announce the winners’ names within a further year. Construction is expected to finish in 2019 or 2020 at the latest.