€9.3m biomass plant commences operation in Thailand

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TPC Power Holding (TPCH), the renewable power generation arm of construction firm Thai Polycons Plc, has commenced commercial operation of its Pracharat Biomass Mae Lan power plant, part of its move to increase power generation capacity and sell carbon credits, reported the Bangkok Post.
TPCH aims to support the Thai government's campaign to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Registering with the Thailand Voluntary Emission Reduction Programme and Société Générale de Surveillance will enable it to join a carbon credit trading scheme.
The company's biomass-fired power plant is located in the Mae Lan district, in the southern province of Pattani. It has a capacity of 2.85 megawatts, which has been calculated through capacity mentioned in a power purchase contract.
The company intends to sell electricity to the state distribution arm Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA). It will have a feed-in tariff of 5.14 baht per kilowatt-hour.
The plant, which is the 13th operated by TPCH, cost 350 million baht (€9.3 million), according to TPCH president Cherdsak Wattanavijitkul.
In April this year, the company started the commercial operation of Pracharat Biomass Bannang Sata power plant in Yala's Bannang Sata district.
The facility, with 2.85MW capacity based on a power purchase contract, required 350 million baht (€9.3 million), in investment. It also sells electricity to the PEA.
As its business grows, the company revised its target for on-contract capacity to 300MW, up from the previous target of 250MW, and aims to achieve this level by 2025, said Cherdsak.

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