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In photo: "Mr Chaiwuti (second from left) joins executives and officials during an inspection tour of the TOC Glycol plant at Map Ta Phut yesterday.

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Stricter emissions curbs nationwide: Map Ta Phut levels `remain excessive' by Nanchanok Wongsamuth

RAYONG: The Industry Ministry is imposing stricter measures to curb emissions of three hazardous substances in industrial areas nationwide.

The move comes after economic ministers ordered the Board of Investment (BoI) to review the granting of privileges to new factories that emit benzene, dichloroethane and butadiene without effective technology to curb the emissions.

Industry Minister Chaiwuti Bannawat said a BoI subcommittee will review the regulations within the next two or three months.

Air pollution, particularly volatile organic compounds (VOCs), remains excessive in the Map Ta Phut area, the country's largest industrial zone.

Buddhipongse Punnakanta, an adviser to the industry minister, said 36 Map Ta Phut factories emit VOCs, from raw materials to end products.

"We are starting to narrow down the causes and will move forward with regulations forcing them to curb their emissions,'' he said, adding that next week the ministry will meet with the companies involved.

"This will make people confident that we're getting serious about harmful indicators.''

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will come to Thailand next month to help set up a model calculating the carrying capacity of Map Ta Phut.

The Industrial Works Department will also next week submit a draft regulation to the industry minister on the control of VOCs from factories nationwide.

The compounds may be leaking from valves, and standards stipulating what constitutes a significant leakage is needed, said Decha Pimpisut, director of the Industrial Water and Environmental Technology Bureau's air pollution division.

The draft, which complies with US EPA regulations, will include measures such as figures that suggest leakage, a time frame for fixing the damage caused and penalties such as suspension if factories fail to comply with the law,'' he said.

Anut Chatikavanij, director of Glow Hemaraj Energy Co (Gheco), said its 660-megawatt Gheco-One power plant would begin commercial operations in the fourth quarter.

"Growth at Map Ta Phut will become increasingly harder. Apart from our Gheco-One project, our main business here is small power producer plants, and we must consider both the demand and whether industries will be able to expand here in the future,'' he said.

The expansion of ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol by TOC Glycol, a subsidiary of PTT Chemicals Plc (PTTCH), is also suspended despite construction being completed.

Veerasak Kositpaisal, PTTCH's president and chief executive, said the 1.5-billion-baht project with annual production capacity of 100,000 tonnes will generate 2.4 billion baht in revenue per year.

The two projects were suspended by a court order last year after being included on a list of 11 harmful activities.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Stricter emissions curbs nationwide, Map Ta Phut levels `remain excessive', 22/01/2011, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, link)

know-how - the knowledge or things you need to do something successfully, usually some practical task

executives - a high level manager in a company (making plans and ensuring they executed successfully) ผู้บริหาร
inspection - an official process of checking that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา
inspection tour - when experts or high-ranking officials are led around some place to check and inspect it
plant - factory

emissions - amounts of gases and harmful chemicals released into the air (from cars, factories, etc) การปล่อยออกมา
curb - to control or limit something that is harmful ระงับ, ควบคุม ลดหรือยุติ  
nationwide - including the whole country ทั่วประเทศ

Map Ta Phut - one of Thailand's largest industrial estates located in Rayong (See interactive map)
industrial estate, industrial park - a special area especially for factories with special facilities (roads, transportation, water, electricity, waste disposal) (See Wikipedia)

measures - actions that are intended to achieve or deal with a problem มาตราการ
impose measures - take action to deal with a problem, that control some activity
hazardous - dangerous, especially to people's health or safety

granting - officially giving (changing ownership, not lending for a time period)
privilege - some activity or benefit that you are allowed to have, that others are not allowed to have
emit - to send something out into the air
benzene - "Today, benzene is used mainly as an intermediate to make other chemicals. Its most widely-produced derivatives include styrene, which is used to make polymers and plastics, phenol for resins and adhesives (via cumene), and cyclohexane, which is used in the manufacture of Nylon. Smaller amounts of benzene are used to make some types of rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, explosives, napalm, and pesticides" (See Wikipedia)
dichloroethane -
another chemical commonly used to make other chemicals (See Wikipedia)
butadiene - (See 1,3-Butadiene and Polybutadiene)
effective - really works, does the job that it is supposed to do
regulations - rules made by the government to control how some activity is done กฎระเบียบ ข้อบังคับ

air pollution -
the release into the air and atmosphere of chemicals, particles or biological materials that "cause harm or discomfort to humans or other living organisms, or cause damage to the natural environment or built environment"(See Wikipedia)

volatile - of something that may change suddenly or become more dangerous ที่ปะทุได้ง่าย
organic compound - an organic compound is any member of a large class of gaseous, liquid, or solid chemical compounds whose molecules contain carbon," many of these carbon molecules are found in living beings..."organic chemistry is the science concerned with all aspects of organic compounds" (See Wikipedia)

volatile organic compounds (VOCs) - "organic chemical compounds which have significant vapor pressures and which can affect the environment and human health. VOCs are numerous, varied, and ubiquitous. Although VOCs include both man-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds, it is the anthropogenic VOCs that are regulated, especially for indoors where concentrations can be highest. VOCs are typically not acutely toxic but have chronic effects. Because the concentrations are usually low and the symptoms slow to develop, analysis of VOCs and their effects is a demanding area" (See Wikipedia)
excessive - too much, much greater than is usual; too much of something มากเกินปริมาณที่พอดี

raw - materials in their natural state before being processed or used in manufacturing
raw materials - materials used as industrial inputs to produce more complicated materials or parts that are in turn used to produce finished goods and products
end products
- the final products of some industrial process, the finished product  
narrow - not wide; having a small distance from one side to the other, especially in comparison with the length แคบ
narrow down the causes - reduce the set of possible causes (in order to find the one true cause)
ministry - a government department dealing with an area of activity กระทรวง
confident - when people trust in plans, or the future มั่นใจ
getting serious - now considering this issue important and taking action to deal with it
indicator - something that shows that some fact is true, that some situation exists
harmful indicators - things that show that a harmful situation exists, a situation that could cause damage or harm 

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - the US government agency in charge of protecting the environment and humans from negative health impacts (See Wikipedia)
capacity - the amount of something that can be produced ความสามารถในการ (ผลิต)
capacity - the greatest amount of work that can be done (or traffic that can be handled) ความสามารถ (ความจุ) ในการจัดการ
carrying capacity - the environment's maximal load, the number of people that can live in an area with a given ecosystem, "given their consumption of natural resources and use of technology," (here: if the number of people is fixed, then the amount of industry that an area can have without damage to the environment) (See Wikipedia)
submit - to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
draft - document written written for consideration, that may be changed before it is finally accepted ร่าง
regulation - an official rule that controls the way that things are done in some activity or industry กฎระเบียบ, ระเบียบข้อบังคับ

compound - a chemical compound, a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight, "a pure chemical substance consisting of two or more different chemical elements that can be separated into simpler substances by chemical reactions.Chemical compounds have a unique and defined chemical structure; they consist of a fixed ratio of atoms that are held together in a defined spatial arrangement by chemical bonds. Chemical compounds can be molecular compounds held together by covalent bonds, salts held together by ionic bonds, intermetallic compounds held together by metallic bonds, or complexes held together by coordinate covalent bonds"  (See Wikipedia)

leakage (noun) - leak, when water or gas escapes from and leaves a container การรั่ว,การรั่วไหล,สิ่งที่รั่วออก
significant leakage - an important leakage, a leakage that could cause damage and must be stopped
valve - part of a machine or equipment that opens and closes to control the flow of  liquid or air วาล์ว, ลิ้น  ลิ้น (เปิดปิด), อุปกรณ์สำหรับปิดเปิดให้สิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง เช่นอากาศ น้ำ เป็นต้น หยุดการเคลื่อนที่ผ่าน หรือเคลื่อนที่ผ่านไปได้
stipulate -
when an agreement or law tells in detail what must be done
standards stipulating - standards that tell in detail what must be done
what constitutes Y
- the definition of Y (the same of requirements for something to be called Y)
standards - an acceptable level of quality or achievement มาตรฐาน
significant - important, large enough to be important or have an effect ที่สำคัญยิ่ง
division - one part of a large organisation

figures - statistics, numbers
fixing - dishonestly arranging something so that it has the result you want ใช้วิธีการอันมิชอบ, เล่ห์เหลี่ยมเข้าคุม
penalties - a punishment for breaking a rule or law บทลงโทษ
suspension - stopping for a period of time (temporarily)
comply - follow and obey a rule or a law การปฏิบัติตามกฎ

Hemaraj Land and Development Public Co -
"a Thailand-based real estate developer. The Company has six industrial estate projects, of which four are located in the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, including Hemaraj Chonburi Industrial Estate, Hemaraj Eastern Industrial Estate at Map Ta Phut Rayong, Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate (Rayong) and Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate. These projects are operated under the joint operation agreements with the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT). The other two industrial projects are S I L Industrial Land and Rayong Industrial Land. The Company also offers a condominium for sale being developed under the name of The Park Chidlom, which is located at Chidlom Road, Bangkok. In addition, the Company also provides service to its public utilities, office building and prefabricated factory for sale and lease, land rental, commercial plaza rental, pipe rack rental in industrial estates, building contractor and others" (See Google Finance)
Glow Energy Public Company Limited - (See Reuters)
Glow Hemaraj Energy Co (Gheco)

power - energy in the form of electricity produced in large quantities and used to operate lights, machines, and heating
power plant - a factory that generates electricity
commercial - for business purposes
commercial operations - business operations that should make a profit
fourth quarter - the last three months of the year (time period used for accounting, budgeting and financial reporting)

small power producer plants - small factories that produce electricity
plants - factories
demand - people or consumers wanting to buy goods and services ความต้องการ
expand - to become larger ขายตัวออกไป
expansion - when something increases in size, number or importance การขยายออก
ethylene oxide - 
also used to produce ethylene glycol below (See Wikipedia)
ethylene glycol -
"used as antifreeze, in the production of polyester and polyethylene terephthalate (PET – raw material for plastic bottles), liquid coolants and solvents" (See Wikipedia)
TOC Glycol - owned by PTT, runs an ethylene/ethylene oxide (EO/EG) plant   (See website)

subsidiary - a company that is owned by a larger company บริษัทลูก, บริษัทในเครือ
PTT Plc - " a Thailand-based company engaged in the in upstream petroleum, downstream petroleum, coal business and other related businesses. Its business activities include the exploration for, the development and production of, natural gas, condensate and crude oil through subsidiaries; the procurement, transmission, processing, marketing and distribution of natural gas and gas products; the marketing of refined products through various distribution channels including commercial, retail, reseller and international markets, and the import and export of crude oil, condensate, petroleum feedstock and petrochemical products" (See Google Finance)
PTT Chemicals Plc (PTTCH) - TOC Glycol is a subsidiary of PTT Chemicals which is a subsidiary of PTT
suspended - stopped for a period of time (temporarily)
construction - the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. การก่อสร้าง

executive - the highest level managers in a company
chief executive - the highest level manager in a company
annual - happening once a year ประจำปี
generate - to produce ก่อให้เกิดcreate สร้าง กระตุ้นให้เิกิด
revenue - income from taxes or business activities รายได้

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