The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) has warned of hours-long power outages in the first half of April due to an expected disruption of the natural gas supply from Myanmar.
Governor Suthat Patmasiriwat said blackouts are possible on weekday afternoons from April 4-12 when the scheduled platform maintenance of the Yadana block in Myanmar's Martaban Gulf could cause supply disruptions. The work could affect as much as 6,000 megawatts of power generation in Thailand, or 23% of peak demand of 26,121 MW in 2012.
Peak demand is expected to reach 27,000 MW this year, up 4% from 2012. Standby-mode power plants have total capacity of only 600 MW, down by half from last year as old units are retired.
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