Bangkok's wastewater treatment system due for revamp
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is expediting plans to construct over 100 new septic tanks and cesspools in the capital’s Chatuchak, Bang Sue and Dusit districts in preparation for a new underground wastewater system.
The BMA’s Department of Drainage and Sewerage is rerouting the sewage pipe system in areas which include Prachachuen Road and Pracharat 1-2 in a bid to divert wastewater to the new treatment facility in Bang Sue.
Wastewater will be separated from rain water and surface water before being treated through the system. The project is part of the drive to clean up major canals, such as Bang Sue and Bang Khen Canals, as well as limiting flows of wastewater released into the Chao Phraya River.
The construction of the septic tanks and cesspools is due to finish in 2014. Once the system runs at full capacity, the facility will be able to treat up to 80,000 cubic meters of contaminated water per day.
Shoddy repairs caused deadly Ayutthaya bridge collapse: EIT
Criminal proceedings are to be launched against officials and contractors who oversaw the renovation of a suspension bridge in Ayutthaya prior to its deadly collapse in April, after the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) yesterday confirmed an initial finding that the collapse resulted from the use of substandard cables.
Five people were killed and many were injured in the collapse.
The seven accused include five officials of Tha Lung municipality, two of whom were responsible for hiring the contractors and two of whom acted as project foremen. |The other two accused are representatives of local commu-nities that jointly contracted to conduct the renovation several years ago.
Laos to Break Ground for Thai-Vietnam Railway Project
Laos is set to formally launch construction of an ambitious high-speed railway linking the country’s western border with Thailand to Vietnam in August, an official said Thursday, following the completion of a feasibility study by a Malaysian company that will construct and operate the project.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the railway will be held in Savannakhet city’s Kaysone Phomvihane district “sometime in August,” an official from the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transportation in Vientiane told RFA’s Lao Service, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The ceremony will mark the laying of the “foundation” for the project. but a precise date for construction to proceed full steam ahead has yet to be set.
Malaysian company Giant Consolidated Ltd. has not established a project office in Savannakhet to date.
14 Southern Thailand province blackout not caused by human error: Probe panel
A Thai government fact-finding committee concluded that the electrical power blackout in 14 southern provinces on May 21 was not caused by human error but by force majeur.
Deputy permanent secretary for energy Kurujit Nakornthap speaking in his capacity as head of the panel said that the committee concluded that the power outage was the result of several factors, including a lightning strike on a high-power transmission line and the malfunction of the emergency system.
He said the results would be forwarded to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) board of directors chairperson Anchalee Chavanich, and said that preventive measures must be prepared to avoid a recurrence of a similar incident.
Mr Kurujit said that lightning hit the 500 kV transmission line at 17.26pm on May 21 at the same time that another 500 kV transmission line was under maintenance. EGAT opted to try to maintain power system for the whole region and not to cut electricity in any particular province. EGAT then switched to use 230 kV and 115 kV transmission lines to supply power to the southern region.
Bangkok Airport rail to join regional routes
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) plans to connect Bangkok's Airport Rail Link with other regional rail routes to link up with neighbouring countries.
Citing a study by German engineering giant Siemens, MRTA governor Yongsit Rojsrikul said the Airport Rail Link system has the potential to connect with the existing network that links with Laos and China.
The Bang Sue station could eventually serve as a regional train hub, he said.
Mr Yongsit said the MRTA also has a conceptual plan to expand the Airport Rail Link to connect Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports and to connect Suvarnabhumi with Rayong province to the east.
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BMA implements measures to fix flood problem in Sri Nakarin area
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to install additional water pumps and construct a flood drainage tunnel on Sri Nakarin Road, which is one of the flood-prone areas of the capital.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said that as Sri Nakarin Road has experienced severe flooding during the past few years, more measures are set to be implemented to rectify the situation.
Dredging work will be carried out along the Khlet, Khwang and Kacha canals in Bang Kapi, Bang Na and Prawet districts. Water pumps will be set up at a number of nearby canals to speed up the release of flood water.
To further increase the efficiency of the drainage system, a tunnel will be built to divert water from the canals to the Chao Phraya River. Drainage pipes along Sri Nakarin Road are also set to be expanded. The project is set to be completed by July of 2014.
TPI Polene awards ThyssenKrupp contract for 10,000tpd line, Thailand
TPI Polene, one of Thailand’s top three cement producers, has awarded ThyssenKrupp a EUR150m contract to build a 10,000tpd kiln line at the Saraburi works, near the capital Bangkok.
"This contract underlines our longstanding partnership with Thailand in the plant construction sector. We are delighted to be able to use our engineering expertise to support the Thai cement industry and serve the growing demand for cement with our energy-efficient facilities," Dr Hans Christoph Atzpodien, CEO of the Industrial Solutions business area of ThyssenKrupp AG, said in a statement.
ThyssenKrupp Resource Technologies is supplying major components for this contract, from raw material preparation and clinker production to cement grinding and fuel preparation. The plant control and quality monitoring and control systems will also be ThyssenKrupp products.
After hand-over of the new line,TPI’s total capacity at the Saruburi works (including three lines supplied by ThyssenKrupp in the 1990s) will be 12Mta. Production of the new line is scheduled to start in 2015.
84MW Thai solar plant completed in Thailand
Thailand-based clean-energy project specialist Natural Energy Development (NED) has finished building an 84MW solar plant in the country.
NED invested roughly 10bn Thai baht ($334m) to construct the PV plant in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok. The installation features 640,000 of Sharp’s thin-film modules.
It is still scouting locations in Nahkon Ratchasima province, northeast of the Thai capital, to set up a 20MW wind farm after five years of development work, The Nation reports.
NED is an equal three-way venture between a unit of CLP Holdings, independent power producer Egco, and Mitsubishi subsidiary Diamond Generating Asia.
Italthai focuses on 4 core lines, AEC
Following the spin-off of construction giant Italian-Thai Development, Italthai Group, under the leadership of president Yuttachai Jonajit, plans to pursue four business lines and tap the Asian Economic Community (AEC) market.
The four core businesses are: distribution of construction machinery and equipment; engineering services for the four core businesses, including energy, electricity and factory systems; industrial services, property/real estate, equity stakes in hotels/hotel management; and restaurants and retail businesses, distribution of imported wine and other beverages, and high-end tea shops (TWG Tea) from Singapore.
Italthai Group's target for this year is to achieve Bt12 billion-Bt13 billion in overall revenue, or the equivalent of at least 20-per-cent growth, with roughly equal contributions from the four core businesses, he said.
The construction-machinery business line generated Bt2.8 billion last year, and the target is Bt4.2 billion this year, in line with construction-sector growth.
South needs more power plants: Egat
Egat Governor Sutas Patamasiriwat said the existing three plants in the South were only able to supply 1,600 megawatts of power, while the region consumes about 2,200MW.
Hence, he said, Egat had no choice but to go ahead with the coal-fired plant in Krabi and plan for more.
On Tuesday night, 14 provinces in the South were plunged in darkness for up to four hours.
Sutas said the blackout was an accident and had not been staged to justify the Krabi project.
The three existing plants - Khanom power plant in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chana power plant in Songkhla and a hydro-power plant in Surat Thani - are only able to generate 1,600MW. The remaining 600MW needed for the region is supplied by the central power system.
Egat explains cause of Southern power blackout
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) on Wednesday apologised for the massive power blackout in 14 southern provinces on Tuesday night and explained how it happened.
“Egat would like to apologise to the people for this incident. We have ordered an inspection of all electric power transmission lines to the South to prevent a repeat of it,” Egat governor Suthat Patmasiriwat told the media.
Mr Suthat said two 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines and two 230-kV lines were used to supply electricity from the Central Plains to the southern region. At 8am on Tuesday, one of the 500-kV lines was discharged from the system for maintenance. At 5.26pm, lightning strikes were believed to have been the cause of a malfunction in the other 500-kV line, which led to a shortfall in the grid.
As a consequence, authorities were forced to increase power transmission through the 230-kV lines, which have less overload capacity. The cables later malfunctioned due to overload.
POWER-GEN Asia Returns to Bangkok for Annual Gathering of Power Industry Professionals
Local industry support from major organisations 2-4 October 2013 at the IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Centre, Bangkok
POWER-GEN Asia and Renewable Energy World Asia, the region's premier conference and exhibition for all aspects of the power generation industry, will return to Bangkok, Thailand from 2nd to 4th October 2013, at the IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Centre.
POWER-GEN Asia, collocated with Renewable Energy World Asia, is the leading force in delivering a platform for the power industry to meet, share information on the challenges facing the power industry and discuss solutions for advancing Asia's energy future. Attracting 7,000 delegates and attendees from over 60 countries from across South East Asia and around the world, it is the industry's premier conference and exhibition dedicated to the power generation, renewable and alternative energy industries.
Event Director, Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, said, "We are delighted that POWER-GEN Asia will be returning to Thailand from 2nd to 4th October 2013, where we hope to continue upon the achievements of our 20th Anniversary edition, in Bangkok last year where we held our most successful event in the shows history, and enjoyed great support from leading organizations and governments from Thailand and South-East Asia as a whole. As a net importer of energy, Thailand is central to the South-East Asia region's power development plans and a vital part of a region undergoing change, a key component of this being the US$100 billion investment in the energy industry and its infrastructure within this part of the world."
Thailand’s Blackout Raises Questions About Power Stability - country’s biggest-ever power blackout
More than eight million residents and tourists in southern Thailand -– many of them in famous travel hubs such as Phuket, Hat Yai and Koh Samui –- were caught off guard by the country’s biggest-ever power blackout Tuesday night, plunging much of the region into darkness.
Nerves were rattled by the sudden power outage, which began around 7 p.m. local time. In the three southern-most provinces where an Islamic insurgency has raged for nearly a decade, military officials moved quickly to reassure people in Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani provinces that the blackout wasn’t an escalation of the guerrilla war that’s claimed more than 5,000 lives since 2004. Army patrols took to the streets to help reassure anxious residents, while the government announced on television that the outage wasn’t related to the ongoing violence in the region.
In Phuket, the local tourist association said, “We first doubt what really caused this. The impact of the blackout on everyone, especially the business sector, was big. Two hours for life to stop are too long.”
Airports in the region continued to function using emergency back-up power supplies.
Although the sudden outage lasted only a couple of hours, and less in heavily touristed areas, it raised questions about how stable Thailand’s power supply really is. Rumors quickly spread on social-networking sites that the government might have turned off the power on purpose as a ploy to legitimize controversial plans to construct more coal-fired power plants in southern Thailand, which residents and environmentalists vigorously oppose.
EGAT places artificial coral reef at the Sirindhorn International environmental Park
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) will begin to submerge artificial coral reefs, mixed with lignite fly ash, under the sea in Phetchaburi to prevent its coast from erosion.
EGAT has begun its pilot project, sinking 289 concrete piles, mixed with lignite fly ash, as artificial coral reefs and wave barriers at the coast of the Sirindhorn International environmental Park, Phetchaburi Province. The barriers are to be lined up in five rows, each of which is 100 metres long, and sunk under water 2-3 metres deep, in order to help prevent coastal erosion caused by strong sea waves.
The barriers have proven effective in helping solve the problem of eroding coastlines, which are the habitat of a variety of coral species and sea animals. Thailand has been facing coastal erosion problems on both the Andaman coast and the gulf of Thailand for quite some time.
BMA to construct moving walkways at Saphan Taksin station in July
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced that the construction of a 700-meter moving skywalk from Surasak BTS station to Saphan Taksin station will commence in July.
BMA officials said the construction which is expected to be completed within nearly a year is part of ongoing plans to demolish Saphan Taksin station and to directly link Surasak station to Krung Thonburi station and the Chao Phraya River piers. The demolition process itself will take 270 days to complete.
The construction plans include installing additional tracks on the area used by Saphan Taksin station platforms and converting pathways underneath the station into a public park and multi-purpose area.
Passengers can continue to purchase tickets at Saphan Taksin station but have to proceed to Surasak station to board trains. The BMA assured that construction of the new structures will not affect the skytrain services as works will be carried out after midnight.
EIT blames dodgy cables for Ayutthaya bridge fall
An Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) inquiry has found substandard building materials caused the deadly collapse of a suspension bridge in Ayutthaya last month.
The EIT will send an official report to a government panel investigating the collapse next week.
Adisak Khaonoona, chairman of the government panel, said he was made aware of the report's findings yesterday.
The institute found the main bridge cables did not meet minimum standards, he said. This caused stay cables on one side of the bridge to snap.
Four people were killed and 23 injured when Rattanakosin bridge in Tha Rua district collapsed on April 28.
The bridge spanned the Pasak River between Moo 5 and Moo 6 of tambon Tha Luang.
‘Bangladesh Syndrome’ Looms over Burma’s Electricity Crisis
Burma’s economy is in danger of imitating its floundering western neighbor Bangladesh rather than its more dynamic eastern neighbor Thailand. The problem is not a lack of investment—it’s a lack of electricity.
An electricity shortage in Burma is nothing new, but it is becoming more acute as the country’s economy grows and more energy is needed to run busier factories, cool more hotel rooms and light up the cities, especially Rangoon and Mandalay.
Lack of electricity equals lack of investment, as Bangladesh has found to its great cost.
In the past year announcements have been made in Burma for plans for new power stations, fueled by coal, natural gas or renewable energy such as the sun, totaling 2,010 megawatts.
That’s 60 percent more than the total electricity generating capacity Burma has in theory at present.
However, none of these plans have moved beyond a boardroom blueprint and this week leaders of the Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone in Rangoon warned that continuing prolonged electricity cuts could lead to factory closures and job losses.
New CEO And Direction For Raimon Land
Thai property developer Raimon Land is undergoing significant changes in the first half of this year.
Today the company announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer Johnson Tan.
Tan takes over from Hubert Viriot who is returning to a post with IFA Hotels and Resorts in Dubai.
Earlier this year IFA disposed of a 24.97% stake Raimon Land to Singapore's JS Oil Pte. Ltd.
Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok to undergo expansion
Airports of Thailand is planning to hire an airport-design consultant for Phase 2 expansion of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
The expansion is aimed at accommodating the increasing passengers and air traffic, and is estimated to cost THB62.5-billion ($21.1 million). The design for the Phase 2 expansion is expected to take another 10 months to complete with the construction contractor to be finalised in March 2014.