Cabinet approves construction of Green Line bts extension
The cabinet has approved the construction of a green line skytrain extended route, which is estimated to cost 26.5 billion baht.
The Green Line, running from Mo Chit to Khu Khot, will be constructed as part of the northern expansion plan. Bangkok's existing Green Line, also known as the Sukhumvit Line, is an elevated rail line from Mo Chit to Bearing. The Green Line will be extended from Bearing to Samutprakarn in the southern expansion, while the northern plan will include the extension of the line from Mo Chit to Khu Khot, via Saphan Mai.
Swedish hotel entrepreneur protests Thai coal power plant: Say 'No to Coal' and 'Yes for the Rule of Law'
OPINION: SwedishIndian lawyer and diveinstructor Aruna Singh protests a coal power plant on the tourist island Koh Lanta.
The Island of Koh Lanta and the Krabi province, in Thailand, are battling to save their beloved islands, their National Marine parks and their untouched coral reefs, from a Government Petrochemical Industrial Estate in the south of Thailand.
A 800 MW Coal Plant is to be built in Krabi and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) plans to transport coal from Indonesia up into the Andaman sea into Koh Lanta, where there will be a coal dock.
SK E&C, Thailand partner win US$100 mln order from Thailand
SK Engineering & Construction Co., one of South Korea's leading builders, said Monday that it and its Thai partner have won a US$100 million order to expand a chemical plant in Thailand.
SK E&C said it plans to complete the project in Thailand's Map Ta Phut industrial complex by 2015 under a deal with PTT Global Chemical Pcl, Thailand's biggest petrochemical company.
Thailand signs GMS power project accord with China
Thailand and China will join hands in pursuing energy projects in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries to enhance energy security in the region, says Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal.
Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU), Thailand's Energy Ministry and China's National Energy Administration will jointly study and develop fossil and renewable energy projects across the GMS.
Five MoUs including the energy pact will be signed during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's official two-day visit to Thailand.
"Energy demand in the GMS countries has risen sharply thanks to growing tourism and investment. This development will affect energy security in the region over the next several years," said Mr Pongsak.
The two countries have agreed to cooperate on technology development in the areas of oil and gas, power grids, energy conservation and energy efficiency.
Thailand expressed interest in exchanging the technology and human resource management of nuclear power plants, said Mr Pongsak.
Siemens to provide drive systems and power distribution for new Thai clinker line
Thai TPI Polene Public Co. Ltd. has placed an order with Germany's Siemens for engineering and supply of the power distribution system and drives for a new clinker production line at its existing plant in Saraburi, Thailand. Siemens will supply the drive solutions as well as the switch-gear for the high, medium and low-voltage distribution systems and is also responsible for project management and engineering.
The deal for the drive systems covers 20 slip-ring rotor motors for the main drives, 12 gear units, 33 variable-speed drives for fans and two multiple drive systems for cooling units. Operation is due to commence in October 2014.
Work on MRT for Jakarta begins
Construction kicked off Thursday in the Indonesian capital for a long-awaited urban railway aimed at staving off crippling traffic gridlock.
Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the first phase of the 15.7 kilometre mass rapid transit line from the southern Jakarta neighbourhood of Lebak Bulus to downtown Jakarta.
``After 24 years of dreaming to have an MRT, some may even have forgotten it,'' said Mr Widodo before breaking the ground for the first foundation. ``Finally the dreams of the Jakarta residents will come true.''
Jakarta, one of the largest cities in the world without a subway, has lagged behind other Southeast Asian capitals such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok in public transport.
It has been predicted that without a major investment in transportation, this Asia megacity with over 9 million inhabitants would be overwhelmed by traffic jams by 2020.
GDF SUEZ : Tractebel Engineering wins the contract to build a new cogeneration plant in Thailand
Against a background of strong demand for energy, Bangpa-In Cogeneration has just signed a contract with GDF SUEZ subsidiary company Tractebel Engineering to build a new cogeneration plant. Securing this contract reflects the commitment of the Group to developing its presence in Southeast Asia.
The high level of demand for energy in Thailand is pushing local authorities to develop their energy infrastructures. To build its new 120 MW gas-fueled cogeneration plant, Bangpa-In Cogeneration Ltd has decided in favor of the advanced expertise offered by GDF SUEZ subsidiary company Tractebel Engineering. Prime contractor support, design studies and on-site technical support are just some of the missions that will be undertaken by the Group.
Myanmar's wind power attracts Thai and other foreign firms
Firms from Thailand and China are studying the feasibility of wind power in Myanmar, where 70 per cent of the population has no access to electricity, media reports said Sunday.
Gunkul Engineering Public Company Ltd of Thailand and China Three Gorges Company agreed to study wind power generation in separate parts of the country, Aung Myo Win, assistant director of the ministry of electric power, told the New Light of Myanmar.
Gunkul Engineering will conduct feasibility studies for the construction of windmills in the Taninthayi region and the Mon, Kayinand Shan states, with a target of producing 2,930 megawatts ofelectricity, he said.
China Three Gorges will do similar studies in the Chin and Rakhinestates, and the Irrawaddy and Yangon regions, aiming to produce 1,102 megawatts.
Mitsubishi Electric to Install Elevators in Thailand's "Tallest-To-Be Building"
To reach a speed of 480 meters per minute, the country's fastest
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today it has secured an order to deliver a total of 38 elevators and escalators to MAHANAKHON, a commercial complex under construction in Bangkok, Thailand. The 314-meter high building will be the country's tallest, with 77 floors above ground and one below ground when completed. Of the elevators units to be delivered, seven will travel at a speed of 480 meters per minute and are expected to be the fastest elevators in Thailand.
MAHANAKHON will consist of two towers and will be located in Silom, a central business district of Bangkok. The lower tower will accommodate commercial facilities, and the higher tower will house a hotel and high-end residential facilities. Pace Development Corporation PLC, one of the country's leading high-end developers whose principle offices are based in the city of Bangkok, is undertaking construction.
Two out of the seven high-speed elevators will service the taller tower as shuttle elevators. They will run non-stop from the ground floor to the observation floor in one minute, offering fast yet comfortable rides to passengers. 15 elevators, including the seven high-speed models, will be equipped with an electricity regeneration function that enables the elevators to effectively utilize generated electricity, helping reduce energy consumption and environmental impact.
Malaysia to erect wall along Thai-Malaysian river border
Thailand has expressed support for Malaysia's plan to build a wall and perimeter fencing along the banks of the Kolok River, which separates Malaysia's Kelantan state from Thailand's Narathiwat province.
Thai-Malaysian Regional Border Committee secretary Adisak Prachakittikul said Thailand did not see any problem with Malaysia's plan because the construction would not encroach on Thai territory.
Kelantan state is opposite Narathiwat's Sukhirin, Sungai Kolok, Tak Bai and Waeng districts.
"We believe it will be good for the countries in preventing the smuggling of contraband goods," Col Adisak said.
More coal-fuelled power plants needed for competitiveness
Thailand might lose competitiveness to Malaysia in terms of the cost of electricity if it fails to increase the proportion of coal-fired power plants, according to an official with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.
Tatree Riewcharoen, director of Egat's corporate communications division, said Malaysia had four power plants using clean coal technology. They are the Manjung plant with 2,100-megawatt capacity, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz plant with 2,420MW, Jimah with 1,400MW and the Tanjung plant with 2,244MW capacity.
These four plants produce a combined 8,160MW of electricity and are located near the sea, which is convenient for coal transport.
He said this meant 45 per cent of Malaysia's electrical power was generated by coal, followed by natural gas at 43 per cent, oil at 6 per cent and hydropower at 6 per cent.
"Malaysia has abundant natural-gas reserves but it mainly uses imported coal, which is cheap, to produce electricity," he said, while taking the Thai press on study tour to Jimah plant in Negeri Sembilan state last week. "It exports expensive natural gas in the form of LNG, which generates huge income for the country.
"This is contrary to what happens in Thailand, which mainly uses natural gas to produce electricity."
C9's Barnett At Bangkok Property
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be a featured speaker at next week's Thailand Real Estate Investment and Property Law Forum 2013. The forum will be held in Bangkok on September 19th and 20th. Highlights will be a feature on the upcoming AEC initiative as it applies to the real estate sector and discussions on mounting concerns on overdevelopment in the Thai hotel industry. Other sessions of interest include Thailand's new REIT regime and a focus on the country's infrastructure projects.
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Bangkok Industrial Gas in Bt1-billion expansion at its complex in Chon Buri
Bangkok Industrial Gas (BIG), a joint venture between US-based Air Products and Chemicals and leading Thai investors, has set aside Bt1 billion to expand integrated facilities at its industrial-gas complex in the Hemraj Chon Buri Industrial Estate.
Currently, the air-separation unit at the complex has the capacity to produce 500 tonnes of liquefied gases per day.
Upon completion of the expansion project, the daily capacity will be boosted to 920 tonnes in 2015, giving the plant the largest liquefied-gas capacity in Thailand, while also strengthening BIG's position as the country's biggest producer of industrial gases.
The facility features best-in-class production technologies and environmentally friendly operational practice as standard.
BIG managing director Piyabut Charuphen said the company had decided to upgrade its air-separation unit to increase liquefied industrial-gas production capacity and enjoy economy of scale, with comprehensive industrial-gas solutions and services integrated in the Kingdom's largest industrial-gas complex.
Thai Regulator gears up for solar rooftop electricity
The power regulator will revise the method for selling building-based and factory-based solar rooftop electricity.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a group of alternative energy operators and the Federation of Thai Industries, organised a seminar to create awareness, interest and understanding of rooftop photovoltaic power stations. It attracted over 200 solar cell installers, suppliers and representatives of various buildings and factories.
Kawin Thangsupanich, secretary-general of the ERC, expects strong interest in rooftop solar stations due to the incentives offered by the state, such as the power purchase rate based on actual production cost, known as the feed-in tariff (FiT), for three categories.
The FiT for homes has been set at Bt6.96 per unit, for small commercial buildings at Bt6.55 and for medium-to-large commercial buildings at Bt6.16, as of the scheduled commercial operation date (SCOD).
Applications will open at 9am on September 23 and close on October 11.
BMA inks deal to build 2.4-billion-baht flood tunnel
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has signed a contract with three engineering companies to construct a mega-tunnel in the capital to relieve flood problems under a budget of 2.48 billion baht.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra presided over the signing ceremony with representatives from Naowarat Patanakarn Company, Thai Engineering Consultants Company and Consulting Engineers Group. Under the project, a large tunnel will be built below the Bang Sue Canal to facilitate water flow from the Lat Phrao Canal into the Chao Phraya River.
The governor said the construction of the tunnel will improve the capital's drainage capacity, particularly in areas along the Bang Sue Canal. The project altogether costs 2.48 billion baht and will be completed by September 2016.
Delays stall new Thailand parliament build
The construction of the new 12-billion-baht parliament building in Kiak Kai has fallen behind schedule because of a long delay in the handover of land purchased for the site, Democrat MP Boonyod Sukthinthai said on Monday.
Mr Boonyod, spokesman for the House affairs committee, said the construction of the new parliament in Bangkok's Dusit district progressed by only 0.34% during the 88 days between June 8 and Sept 3, since contracts for the build were signed.
According to plans for the scheme, the project should have progressed 3.84% in that period.
He said the delays were partly caused by the fact that only 47 rai of a 90 rai due to be handed over to the contractor had been released.
Fear of Condo meltdown looms over Bangkok
Several areas in Bangkok and provincial towns are already experiencing a glut housing due to rapid growth during the past few years.
Making matters worse is the surge in speculation, seldom reported, but constantly active beneath the surface. At the same time, a shortage of contractors and construction workers are posing problems for developers. Clearly, that could be a sign of overheating.
For more than two years, our guide has warned of the growing traffic congestion from the Sukhumvit intersection at Onnuj and Sukhumvit 50 to Bang Na junction. Part of this is caused by overbuilding of condos on this stretch. In Sukhumvit 50 alone, a score of projects had come up in the past three years.
Some say there is no serious sign of a bubble in Thailand’s residential market but others are not so sure.
Scores more have followed since then along the corridor with the opening of new BTS Skytrain stations. Gridlock traffic from early morning till night has forced many residents to sell their homes and move further away. The Government Housing Bank’s researchers at REIC, an agency that surveys the property market recently said the area faces an acute oversupply.
Construction of the first airport on Thailand’s fifth-largest island, Koh Phangan
Getting to Koh Phangan will be a lot easier once the home of the world-renowned full-moon party is directly connected by air for the first time.
Construction of the first airport on Thailand’s fifth-largest island is gearing up, with entrepreneur Somphong Sooksanguan setting his sights on opening the facility by this time next year.
After spending 200 million baht of his own seed money to develop the country’s third privately owned airport, the 46-year-old businessman from Phatthalung province will seek external funding sources and joint-venture partners to expedite the project.
Although saying he could go solo on the venture, he reckons it would be good to have partners whose business concept is compatible with his — a sustainable business that does not place profitability on top.
Bangkok’s Brown Line gets green light
MASS Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), which owns Bangkok's metro network, has approved construction of the 21.6km Brown Line for an estimated Baht 45bn ($US 1.45bn).
The route will be developed as a monorail and will include 22 stations, running from Kae Rai via Ngam Wong Wan Road and Kaset-Navamin Road to Lam Salee. It will offer interchanges with the planned 35.5km Pink Line at Kae Rai, which will also be a monorail with a tender set to be announced by the end of September, the under-construction 23.5km Purple Line, which is due to open in 2015, on Rattanathibet Road, the planned Red Line commuter service at Bang Khen prison, and the Green Line at Kasetsart University.
MRTA confirmed that it plans to use pillars built by Expressway Authority of Thailand in the middle of Kaset-Navamin Road for the project after an elevated highway extension project was abandoned in favour of the monorail.
Mor Chit will be moved within one year - make way for construction of a depot for the Red Line mass transit system
Mor Chit bus terminal must be moved from its current location in Chatuchak district within the next year to make way for construction of a depot for the Red Line mass transit system, Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning director-general Chula Sukmanop said on Thursday.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has already begun construction of the Red Line train route, which the depot will serve.
The government is also considering where to put a new bus terminal for 14 routes providing access to Bang Sue Station, which will become an interchange station for different mass transit routes, Mr Chula said.
He said there are four possible locations for the new terminal - the cargo area of Don Mueang airport, Rangsit, an area on Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok Road, and Muang Thong Thani.