No blackouts despite loss of Myanmar natural gas

Air conditioners stayed on throughout the day yesterday, a good thing because temperatures throughout much of Thailand reached into the 40's.

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Fortunately, umbrellas take no electricity. Yesterday's heat had authorities worried that blackouts might occur because the country's generating capacity was less than normal because of the loss of natural gas from Myanmar. APICHIT JINAKUL


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No blackouts despite loss of Myanmar natural gas

Air conditioners stayed on throughout the day yesterday, a good thing because temperatures throughout much of Thailand reached into the 40's.

Power outages are a real concern since yesterday began a ten-day period when the country will have to do without natural gas supplies from Myanmar’s Yadana field.

France-based Total, the operator of the Yadana gas field in Myanmar's Gulf of Martaban, began a shutdown to fix its platform yesterday. The maintenance will last until April 14.

The Myanmar gas supply accounts for about 20% of Thailand's electricity generating capacity. The shortfall means the available capacity has been reduced from the normal rate of 31,000 megawatts to 28,200MW.

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) and energy policy- makers were concerned earlier that sporadic blackouts could occur yesterday, when consumption was expected to peak.

An official at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand in Nonthaburi points to a graph showing the country’s electricity consumption. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD

They expected the demand yesterday to peak at 26,600MW, but warned it could have reached as high as 28,200MW because of the hot weather.

As it turned out, peak demand was lower than expected at 24,955MW at 2.30pm yesterday.

"Thailand has passed a critical test of relying heavily on gas [for power generation]. There was no electricity outage during the peak hours when the temperature was highest during the day," said Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisarn at the energy war room at Egat headquarters.

He thanked state agencies and the private sector for helping the country pass the "energy crisis".

Power supplies should be sufficient for the weekend and Monday's public holiday, but Mr Pongsak cautioned that another particularly critical period will be from Tuesday to Wednesday next week. "We are going into the second critical test because these two days are normal working days when demand will certainly increase," he said.
 
Adapted from a story by Yuthana Praiwan.

authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
blackout – a sudden loss of electrical power ไฟดับ
generate – to produce ผลิต, ก่อให้เกิด
capacity – the amount of something that can be produced  ความสามารถในการ (ผลิต)
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) – the state enterprise (รัฐวิสาหกิจ) that owns and manages the majority of Thailand's electricity generation capacity, as well as the nation's transmission network. การไฟฟ้าฝ่ายผลิตแห่งประเทศไทย
consumption – the act of using energy, food or materials; the amount used การบริโภคพลังงาน, การใช้หมดไป
temperature – a measurement of how hot or how cold a place or object is อุณหภูมิ
outage – power cut ช่วงเวลาที่ไม่มีกระแสไฟฟ้า
concern – a worry ความกังวล
(oil or gas) platform – a large structure with facilities to drill wells, to take out and process oil and natural gas, and to temporarily store product until it can be brought to shore for refining and marketing
maintenance – the act of keeping something in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly การซ่อมบำรุง
shortfall – an amount which is less than the level that was expected or needed จำนวนที่ขาดไป, ปริมาณที่ขาดไป
rate – the level or speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period อัตรา
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
sporadic – not regular or frequent ซึ่งเกิดขึ้นนานๆ ครั้ง,  ที่เกิดขึ้นเป็นพักๆ
peak – the time when something is at its highest or greatest level ช่วงเวลาที่พบมากที่สุด
turn out – to be discovered to be; to prove to be กลับกลายเป็น
critical – (of a bad situation) very serious or dangerous อย่างรุนแรง  อย่างวิกฤต
headquarters – the place where an organisation or company has its main offices สำนักงานใหญ่ กองบัญชาการ
state agency – a government department or body หน่วยงานของรัฐ
private sector – businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government ภาคเอกชน
crisis – a situation that has reached and extremely difficult or dangerous point ช่วงวิกฤต
sufficient – enough เพียงพอ
caution – to warn; to tell someone about a danger or problem that they need to know about or avoid เตือน
demand – the amount of a product or service that people want ความต้องการ

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