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RATCH commenced Huay Bong 3

Bangkok: Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL (RATCH) announced today that First Korat Wind Co., Ltd., a joint-venture of the Company, Eolus Power Co., Ltd. and Chubu Electric Power Korat BV., which hold 20, 60 and 20 per cent stake of the entity respectively, has commercially operated its Huay Bong 3 Wind-Turbine Power Project, located in Nong Wang Subdistrict, Theparak District, Nakorn Ratchasima province since November 14.   The project has 103.5 megawatts installed capacity and generated and distributed the electricity to EGAT's power grid.  And it will produce 175 million units of electricity per year into the country's power system.

Mr. Noppol Milinthanggoon, RATCH's Chief Executive Officer noted that; we are very proud of Huay 3 Wind-Turbine Project as it marks the first operated wind farm in Thailand.  Also, it proves the country's technology advancement, together with the high-expertise and calibrated human resources in the power business in order to provide alternative energy sources to produce electricity.  And it is one of the solutions to respond to Thailand's increasing power demand, while at the same time, fossil fuel has gradually diminished.    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.

Huay Bong 3 Wind-Turbine project is the 11th out of the Company's  15 domestic renewable projects to be in operation followed three solar farms of Solar Power Co., Ltd., seven solar farms of Solatar Co., Ltd. which have been gradually started since 2011.   The remaining 4 projects are;  Solarta's Sai Saphan II, which is scheduled to start commercially by the end of this month, while a commercial production of Huay Bong 2 Wind-Turbine is expected in 2013, the Biomass project in Songkhla province in 2014, and the Khao Kor Wind-Turbine project is currently awaiting for the approval from the Cabinet.

To date, the Company already has 102.45 megawatts of domestic renewable installed capacity, the capacity helps reduce CO2 by 115,000 tonnes.

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