The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) plans to adopt clean coal technology at its Mae Moh power plant in Lampang, replacing ageing generators with an integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) system.
Egat has asked the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan to do a feasibility study on the new technology, which turns coal into gas. The IGCC technology, which ensures cleaner gas emissions and greater efficiency, remains in the research and development stage among power producers.
Thailand has tried for more than two decades to diversify its fuel sources for electricity generation by using more coal and adopting nuclear but the efforts have met with strong protests by environmentalists and communities.
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