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Another campaign will be launched this week by concerned power officials to urge residents in the southern provinces of Thailand to reduce their electricity use between 6-30pm and 10-30pm during the 28 days the Chana power plant in Songkhla province that receives natural gas from Thailand-Malaysia JDA will be closed.
The plant will be closed for essential maintenance from the 13th of June, during peak hours it is feared the region will experience unavoidable blackouts, power consumption at 7.37pm on Saturday was 2.291 megawatts according to authorities. Samerjai Suksumek, director general of the Thai Energy Ministry’s Energy Policy and Planning Office, said 710 megawatts of power will be wiped out from total production during power plant maintenance. Only 2,300 megawatts will be left for use in the South during maintenance, which is quite worrisome, Mr Samerjai added.