South warned, cut back on power use

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is calling on southern electricity users to cut their power consumption as regional peak demands keep increasing and touching critical power use levels.

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The Egat announced on Friday that electricity consumption in southern Thailand rose on Wednesday to 2,326.83 megawatts and on Thursday to 2,339.96 MW. The safe level of the region's power consumption was 2,300 megawatts.

As the tendency is for consumption to continue to rise, Egat is asking power users, especially industries,  in the region to reduce their electricity use, particularly from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, to ensure the security of power supplies.

Thursday was the seventh day in the 28-day period that the gas supply for energy generation is reduced from the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA) to allow maintenance. The period is set from June 13 to July 10.

On Wednesday, Egat had to increase the rate it draws on power from the Central Plain area to the South to 720 megawatts. The safe level for the inter-regional power contribution is 700 megawatts.

At the same time, the Egat had to raise generation at two non-gas fueled southern power plants - the oil-fired Surat Thani plant and the Cheow Lan hydropower plant in Surat Thani province - and buy 150 megawatts of electricity from Malaysia.

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