April 30, 2019 / 12:03 PM / a year ago

Thailand approves power plan, expects capacity to reach 77 GW by 2037

BANGKOK, April 30 (Reuters) - Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday approved a national energy plan that looks to add 56 gigawatts (GW) of power by 2037, a senior official said.

The Power Development Plan 2018-2037 (PDP2018), which maps out the long-term energy needs and capacity of the country, expects Thailand to add 56,431 megawatts of new capacity by 2037 to reach a total capacity of 77,211 megawatts, Nathporn Chatusripitak, government spokesperson told reporters.

Thailand currently has a power generation capacity of 40,000 megawatts, with 20,000 megawatts to go offline over time, he said.

By 2037, 53 percent of total capacity would be from natural gas, 20 percent from renewable sources, 12 percent from coal and the remainder from other sources including imports, Nattaporn said.

The previous plan from 2015 estimated natural gas would make up 40 percent of total Thai energy by 2036 and coal up to 25 percent.

Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng and Panarat Thepgumpanat; editing by Jason Neely

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