The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) has asked offshore and onshore natural gas producers in the Gulf of Thailand to ramp up their production capacity during a 14-day maintenance shutdown of Myanmar's Yetagun gas field.
The move is part of measures to prepare for Yetagun's closure from Dec 25 to Jan 8 for a platform capacity expansion.
The shutdown will cause a shortfall of natural gas supply of 1,110 million cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) to Thailand's power generation system.
PTT Plc, as the country's only natural gas distributor, is collaborating with Egat in preparing substitute fuels such as bunker oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas for power production.
"We are confident that some gas output disruption will not cause any trouble for electricity supply, the industrial sector or transportation because we are well prepared and have learned a lesson from incidents in the past," said Charcrie Buranakanonda, a senior executive vice-president for PTT's gas business unit.
Thailand's demand for natural gas from Myanmar's gas fields is about 1,100 MMSCFD, which is comprised of 650 from Yadana and 450 from Yetagun.