Opponents want the Krabi’s coal-fired power plant project scrapped, not delayed

Opponents of the coal-fired power plant project in Krabi province have welcomed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha's decision to delay the project, but said they would like the project to be scrapped once and for all.

Today, (we) prefer to use the word 'delay because we cannot build anything. So be it. But beware of the consequences that may take place in the future. (I am) not threatening anybody. The fact is that, today, there are still occasional blackouts in some areas in the South, said the prime minister after the cabinet's meeting on Tuesday.

Reacting to the prime minister's decision to delay the project, Mr Prasarn Klongrua, one of the core members of the Andaman Protection Network which strongly opposes the project, said he was afraid that the next elected government might revive the project and he called on the prime minister to scrap the project once and for all.

Proposed by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, the coal-fired power plant project has a capacity of 870 megawatts and it was originally scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Opponents claim that the emissions from the power plant will threaten the environment, endanger the health of the people and ruin the tourism business which has been the lifeline of the province.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)