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The rationing of electricity in southern Thailand may not occur as power availability can be increased through purchases from Malaysia over the 28-day maintenance period for the natural gas supply system from the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA). 

ACM Prajin Juntong, deputy chief of the National Council for Peace and Order who heads the council's energy planning and policy committee, said on Thursday he was confident of power security in southern Thailand. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) can increase its power supplies from other regions to the South - from 500 to 950 megawatts - and Malaysia can transmit more power to Thailand in the peak period from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, he said.

ACM Prajin said the additional power from Malaysia should be 300 megawatts and the overall power supply should thus be able to meet peak demand at 2,543 megawatts. Consequently, power rationing should not be necessary.

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