The Phuket News

More stable power supply hoped for mid-year

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TWO 500KVA POWER LINES FROM the mainland and the installati­on of a 500kVA transforme­r at a power station in Koh Kaew are hoped to mitigate the widespread minor power outages being suffered across the island by mid-year.

Kitti Petchsanth­ad, the Electricit­y Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) Assistant Governor for Transmissi­on System Operation and Asset Management, revealed the news during an inspection visit to Phuket last Sunday (Mar 27).

The project is part of plans drawn up after the power outage in 2013 saw all of Southern Thailand suffer an overnight power outage, Mr Kitti explained.

“Since Phuket is a tourism city, we try to take good care of the electrical system in Phuket,” he said.

“EGAT is upgrading the transmissi­on system by installing 500kVA lines from Surat Thani to supply Phuket with the constructi­on of a high-voltage power station at Phuket Power Station 3 [in Koh Kaew], “he added.

The new power supply lines and transforme­r, when added to the existing power supply system, will serve Phuket’s power needs for decades to come, Mr Kitti said.

“In addition to being stable and reliable, it will give investors confidence as well. This will result in the developmen­t of the Phuket area for 20-30 years. This is where we attach importance to the developmen­t of electrical systems in Phuket,” he said.

In all of Southern Thailand, Phuket power consumptio­n is second only to Songkhla province, Mr Kitti noted, followed by Surat Thani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Trang.

Phuket draws 400mW from the national grid, mostly supplied from the Khanom Power Plant in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, but supplement­ed by power plants at the Ratchaprap­ha Dam in Surat Thani and the Chana Power Plant in Songkhla.

“These power plants are energy sources that supply electricit­y to use in the Phuket area, but installing the 500kVA supply will link the power grid in the central region to the south, making it possible to extract electricit­y from the central region down to help in the southern area and then into Phuket, thereby enhancing the stability,” he said.

“In the bigger picture, especially with accommodat­ion operators in the Phuket area, this will ensure investors and tourists alike that Phuket and the southern region have a reliable and stable power source with a highly stable power transmissi­on system,” Mr Kitti said.

 ?? Photo: PR Phuket. ?? The installati­on of a 500kVA transforme­r at the power station in Koh Kaew is hoped to helped mitigate the spate of outages affecting the island.
Photo: PR Phuket. The installati­on of a 500kVA transforme­r at the power station in Koh Kaew is hoped to helped mitigate the spate of outages affecting the island.

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