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RATCH Celebrated its Thailand's First Wind Farm to Respond Government Policy on Enhancing Renewable Energy for Power Generation and Reducing Consumption of Fossil Fuel

Bangkok: Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL (RATCH) celebrated a success of the Huay Bong 2 and 3 wind farm projects chaired by Dr. Norkun Sitthiphong, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy.  The event was to demonstrate the appreciations to all related parties for their collaboration in driving the project advancement.  To date, the project is under the construction process.

K.R. Two Co., Ltd. is responsible for developing the Bt 6,100 million Huay Bong 2 project while the Bt 6,500 million Huay Bong 3 is developed by First Korat Wind Co., Ltd.  RATCH, Aeolus Power Co., Ltd. and Chubu Electric Power Korat , BV respectively hold 20, 60 and 20 per cent stakes in both companies.  Both projects were awarded the non-firm power purchase agreements for small power producer from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand with 10-year subsidy of Baht 3.50 per unit adder tariff from the Power Department Fund Management Division, Office of the Energy Regulatory Commission. The commercial operation of Huay Bong 3 is expected in 2012 whereas Huay Bong 2 will start operating in 2013. 

Mr. Noppol Milinthanggoon, Chief Executive Officer, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL., said “We are very proud of Huay Bong 2 and 3 Wind Farm Projects as they mark the first establishment of the largest wind farm in Thailand and South East Asia.  The projects have well received collaboration and support from the government, private sectors as well as communities.  Not only the projects will respond to the Government's policy and promotion on growing electricity generation from renewable energy, the projects also help reduce CO2 emission that contribute to global warming as well as lessen dependence on fossil fuel.

Also, the project development will support the Ministry of Energy's policy in enhancing the country's power stability by oil import reduction.  The policy indicates that the target of power generation from renewable energy shall reach 9,201 megawatts in 2021.  Out of this number, the 1,200 megawatts target of wind energy alone is expected to be achieved.

Huay Bong 2 and 3 Wind Farm projects are located in Huay Bong Sub-district, Dankhunthod District and Nong Wang Sub-district, Tepharak District, Nakorn Ratchasima province.  Each project has a generating capacity of 103.5 megawatts and will produce 175 million units of electricity into the country's power system.  Huay Bong 2 and 3 individually consists of 45 wind turbines with a 2.3 megawatts capacity each.

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