Japanese Ambassador to Thailand, along with representatives from the private sector, visited EGAT Mae Moh to observe its operations, expand cooperation, and support clean energy transition to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in a tangible manner.
His Excellency Mr. Nashida Kazuya, Ambassador of Japan to Thailand, together with representatives from New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Marubeni Thailand Co., Ltd., INPEX Corporation, and JERA Power (Thailand) Co., Ltd. visited EGAT Mae Moh Mine and Mae Moh Thermal Power Plant, Unit 14 (MM-T14) in Lampang Province. They were welcomed by Mr. Nitus Voraphonpiput, Deputy Governor – Fuel of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), executives from Ministry of Energy and Department of Mineral Fuels, and the management team of EGAT Mae Moh. On this occasion, the presentation on the operations of Mae Moh Mine and Mae Moh Power Plant, the development of a green industrial estate for clean energy businesses, Mae Moh Smart City, and the study of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) potential of Mae Moh Mine were delivered, while Marubeni Thailand gave a presentation on the Power Plant Construction and Digital IoT Project. The visit took place on May 24, 2023, at Mae Moh Public Relations Building.
H.E. Mr. Nashida Kazuya, Ambassador of Japan to Thailand revealed that it is pleasing to see EGAT Mae Moh promote the economic development of the surrounding areas. The Japanese government and private-sector organizations have been carrying out power plant development projects that are widely recognized, to move toward clean energy transition and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.Moreover, they have expanded cooperation and supported various development projects in collaboration with EGAT. It is believed that the current policy which covers the goal of Carbon Neutrality, Bio-Circular-Green Economic Model, and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will reinforce the commitment to promote economic growth while ensuring environmental sustainability for the future.
Mr. Nitus Voraphonpiput, EGAT Deputy Governor – Fuel said that the study on the potential of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) of EGAT’s Mae Moh Mine is currently in the preliminary data collection stage. He is confident that with strong support from the Japanese government and the private sector, CCS development and other green energy projects will become more tangible and will help Thailand achieve Carbon Neutrality in the future. Additionally, it will strengthen the good relationship and energy cooperation between the two countries, supporting economic growth and sustainable environmental management in areas surrounding EGAT Mae Moh.