PTT plans Isan gas pipeline
Extension to improve LNG infrastructure
National oil and gas firm PTT Plc plans to develop a gas pipeline in the Northeast, expecting to add capacity to the group's existing gas pipeline.
The pipeline extension aims to improve infrastructure to help Thailand become a hub for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Southeast Asia.
President and chief executive Chansin Treenuchagron said the preliminary stage of the pipeline will enhanced gas supply from the Northeast (Nakhon Ratchasima) to the Nam Phong gas field in Khon Kaen.
The existing pipeline links two gas-fired power plants: Bang Pakong (Chachoengsao) and Northern Bangkok (Nonthaburi).
"The feasibility study for the pipeline extension has not been completed yet, and PTT needs to request approval from energy policymakers before conducting an environmental impact assessment report," Mr Chansin said.
The government expects to promote Thailand as an LNG hub in Southeast Asia, connecting to gas pipelines in neighbouring countries.
Mr Chansin said LNG infrastructure in the country started to develop in 2011. PTT has two LNG receiving terminals in Rayong: Map Ta Phut and Nong Fab.
The Map Ta Phut receiving terminal has a capacity of 11.5 million tonnes a year, while the Nong Fab facility is under development to add 7.5 million tonnes a year, expecting to operate in 2022. The utilisation rate of the LNG receiving terminal at Map Ta Phut is 5 million tonnes a year.