MEA in Smart City MOU with Krungthep Thanakom
published : 15 Jul 2019 at 17:24
Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), led by Mr Kirapat Jiamset, Governor, and Krungthep Thanakom Co., Ltd., led by Mr Kittisak Aramrueng, President, and Mr Manit Techa-apichoke, Chief Officer, joined hands to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop electricity infrastructure for the Smart Metropolitan Bangkok project.
The signing ceremony was held at Wattanawipas Building, MEA’s headquarters, Khlong Toei, Bangkok on 12 July 2019.
“MEA is intent on improving the electricity system to support metropolitan lifestyles,” commented Mr Kirapat. “This is why we have decided to work together with Krungthep Thanakom, the major shareholder that operates public utilities under the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).”
The time range of the MoU is three years and the commitment includes studying possible infrastructure projects that provide services to citizens and the private sector. The brief involves scrutinising the need for clean energy, making use of energy consumption data, and adopting digital technology.
“We will look to do this all in the most effective way so as to develop Smart Energy systems to support Bangkok in becoming a Smart City of the future. This will reduce the need for people to move from place to place, encourage safety and protect the environment.”
The MoU also involves entitling the committee to impose policies, set directions and study relevant projects that serve objectives.
“We will also operate different projects on a Best Effort Basis with a focus on achieving success.”
Examples of projects include:
•800-tonne-per-day litter management for energy production project at On Nut Garbage Disposal Plant;
•electric passenger boat project to reduce environmental impacts;
•conversion of public transportation systems on various routes to electrical technology to reduce pollution in accordance with the Green Route philosophy;
•facilitating infrastructure that both agencies operate; and developing other projects.
“Krungthep Thanakom drives operation of public utilities including public transport, social welfare, and the environment. To further develop Bangkok, we need to apply technology in cooperation with various agencies. This cooperation with the MEA will support technology in the city and lead the city to become an ASEAN Smart City.”