History of nuclear power plant projects in Thailand

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If you tell the new generation that Thailand has had a plan to build a nuclear power plant since 1966, many people might not believe it. Because in that era, the demand for electricity was very small. 

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But what is said is true that many people may not be able to reach the project. nuclear power plant in Thailand since 1966 with the following project steps:

1966 EGAT proposed a nuclear power plant project to the government.

1967 The government established a nuclear subcommittee. Consider the project, begin feasibility study of the project and select a location

1975 JAEA approved the preparation site for the construction of a nuclear power plant at Ao Phai, Chonburi.

1972 The government approved the project. A 600 MWe BWR reactor is required.

1974 Purchased uranium fuel from the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) USA.

1976 proposed for approval to open a nuclear power plant tender.

1978 The government postponed the project indefinitely. (due to the discovery of natural gas in the Gulf of Thailand)

Nuclear power plant project resumed in 1982 – 1991

1982 – 1991 EGAT surveyed and studied the location of a nuclear power plant. and get 5 suitable locations

1992 – 1995 EGAT together with NEWJEC, Japan Study the location thoroughly. Study the basic environment and prioritize suitable locations.

1993 – 1994 Energy Commissioner, Council of Representatives, studying the use of nuclear energy to generate electricity in Thailand

1997 – 1998 The cabinet appointed a feasibility study committee for nuclear power plant construction in Thailand. To study economic suitability and infrastructure

In 2007, the Cabinet approved the Thailand Power Development Plan 2007 – 1961 to produce electricity from nuclear energy in the amount of 2,000 megawatts in 2020 and another 1,000 megawatts. in the year 2021

In 2011, the National Energy Policy Council (NEPC) postponed consideration of nuclear power plants for 3 years (after the Fukushima incident. in Japan exploded)

Although many countries have policies to slow down the use of nuclear power in power generation. After the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan exploded in 2012, many countries, including Thailand, still require nuclear power. It is an alternative energy for the country in the long term, so nuclear energy is another alternative energy that has the potential to be used in electricity generation to make Thailand have sufficient energy for domestic use. and to strengthen the stability of the country’s energy supply as well as reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

However, the use of nuclear power still has many problems and obstacles. such as the opposition of the general public because of not being confident about safety Including the problem of nuclear waste management. Therefore, education and knowledge should be provided. understanding of usage Including the pros and cons of nuclear power to the general public.

Vietnam’s parliament votes to overthrow two nuclear power plants

Reuters reported on November 22, 2016 that the National Assembly of Vietnam voted today to cancel plans to build two multibillion-dollar nuclear power plants with Russia’s Ross Atom and Japan’s Japan Atomic Power, planned in Nine province. H Tuan In the central region and is expected to have a combined power generation capacity of up to 4,000 megawatts after officials have cited numbers forecasting lower demand for electric power But the cost of nuclear power projects is high and there are safety concerns.

Vietnam’s National Assembly voted to overturn a deal on the country’s first nuclear power project. It marks a significant miss for the global nuclear sector and Japan’s efforts to begin nuclear reactor exports. After the disaster of the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, Japan’s nuclear industry has been frozen ever since.

The Vietnamese government issued a statement stating that The decision, which was made at a secret session of the National Assembly after discussing government proposals. for economic reasons Not for technological reasons whatsoever.

Estimated investment required for the project has doubled since 2009 to nearly VND400 trillion, or about $18 billion ($18 billion), as Vietnam’s sovereign debt has nearly reached a dangerous point and has hampered efforts to maintain its national status. Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia.

Ross Atom Company The statement accepts the decision and is ready to provide full support if Vietnam wants to resume nuclear power projects. and even missed this project But Rosatom also plays a role in helping develop antinuclear technologies and infrastructure that will support peaceful nuclear power in Vietnam.

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