Krabi coal-fired power plant gets go-ahead

Police hold back protesters trying to enter Government House after the prime minister's energy policy committee decided to go ahead with a coal-fired power plant in Krabi province. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

The government decided on Friday to proceed with a planned 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the southern province of Krabi, overriding vigorous and widespread objections.

The project's opponents vowed to expand their protests after approval was announced, and tried unsuccessfully to enter Government House. 

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand plans to build the plant in Nua Khlong district of Krabi.

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