Thailand's EGAT considers LNG imports

Thailand's limited domestic gas supply has forced the soon to be privatised Thailand Electricity Generating Authority (EGAT) to broaden the fuel source options for its power plants, with coal and imported LNG as the more viable options.

The two options currently being considered by EGAT are the importing of LNG or to construct coal-fired plants. Although striking union workers, long construction delays and the need for a feasibility study on any possible LNG terminal are working against the LNG option, with the earliest date for such development being 2010.

However the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) maintains that the domestic supply of coal cannot meet the demands of a coal plant, which would then require coal imports.

PTT is currently the sole supplier of oil and gas to EGAT.

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