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21 January 2010 :: 14:01:16 pm 9642

MOU Signed for Waste-to-Energy Incinerator in Pattaya

On Wednesday, Pattaya City Mayor Ittiphol Khunpluem officially signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Pattaya City council and the government-run Provincial Electricity Authority agreeing to use Pattaya City as a test base for a new Waste-To-Energy (WTE) incinerator project.
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Pattaya, the 20th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Mayor Khunpluem and the Provincial Electricity Authority governor Mr. Adisorn Kiatchokwiwat joined in signing the MOU for the participation in a WTE project in Pattaya. Officials from Pattaya City Council, the Electricity Authority, members of the press and other distinguished guests were in attendance to witness the signing of the MOU.

   

Thailand is estimated to produce approximately 40,000 tonnes of waste per day of which almost all goes into land fill sites. The Pollution Control Department as a result of these findings have been investigating alternative measures that can be used in dealing with the countries refuse. With WTE incinerators being used effectively in many countries throughout the world, especially in Europe and the UK (which has a similar size population and land mass as Thailand) the Thai government has decided to investigate the viability of this waste management strategy. It is estimated that 40,000 tonnes of waste can approximately be converted with the use of a WTE into 400 megawatts of electricity, saving the environment and reducing the countries cost of importing fossil fuels at the same time.

The Provisional Electricity Authority selected Pattaya City to become the test base for the new project because it is considered a major tourist hub of the country and as such; developing the WTE strategy in the area would portray a positive, proactive image to the visiting tourists. Pattaya also produces an estimated 350 tonnes of waste per day, one of the largest outside the capital city of Bangkok.

Mr. Kiatchokwiwat stated that the Provisional Electricity Authority was a federal government run company, responsible for providing electricity in 73 provinces throughout Thailand. Further noting that, the intentions of the government was to effectively and efficiently manage the countries waste disposal processes with a focus being on environmental sustainability and a more self sufficient economic strategy. Employing the WTE project is expected to clear up a lot of Thailand’s environmental problems, reduce disease and the Kingdoms reliance on importation of fossil fuels for energy provision purposes.

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