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Thai power firm plans new biological power plants

Thai power firm plans new biological power plants
BANGKOK - Thai power producer Gulf Electric Co said yesterday it planned to invest two billion baht ($45.64 million) building two new biological power plants in the south of Thailand. Sarath Ratanavadi, managing director of Gulf Electric, told Reuters, the plants would be fired by palm shells and rubber trees and have a combined production capacity of 20 megawatts. Sarath said Gulf Electric had sought approval from the state-owned National Energy Policy Office for the biological power projects. The plants would be located in the southern provinces of Trang and Yala, he said. \"We expect to get the answer in the next two months and the construction of the plants should be completed by the end of this year or early next year,\" Sarath said. Gulf is 50 percent owned by Electricity Generating Plc , 49 percent by Electric Power Development of Japan and one percent by Mitsiam International Ltd. Gulf is also the operator of a planned controversial coal-fired power plant, to be partly funded by the Japanese government, in the southern province of Prachuab Khiri Khan. But construction has been delayed for several years due to opposition by local residents on environmental grounds. REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
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