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Energy Minister: Power supply critical on April 5

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  • Writer: Yuthana Praiwan and Penchan Charoensuthipan
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The postponement of planned maintenance on the Myanmar Yanada gas pipeline has not eased concerns of a power shortage in early April, with the Yingluck government warning of the need to cut electricity use during this critical period. 

Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisarn said after meeting with energy officials on Wednesday that Total, the French operator of the Yadana field, had agreed to delay maintenance work on the pipeline, scheduled from the morning of April 4 to April 5, until April 14 as requested by Thailand.

But he warned of a possible shortfall of electricity on April 5, especially in the afternoon when electricity consumption usually peaks to 26,300 megawatts.

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