BANGKOK, April 27 Thailand has delayed its first
nuclear power plant project by three years to 2023 on mounting
public concerns after Japan's nuclear crisis, Energy Minister
Wannarat Channukul said on Wednesday.
"The meeting of the state National Energy Policy Committee
decided to postpone Thailand's nuclear power plant project by
another three years," Wannarat said in a statement.
Under the initial power development plan for 2010-2030,
Thailand's first nuclear power plant was scheduled to begin
operation in 2020. It planned to build five nuclear power plants
with capacity of 1,000 megawatts per plant.
Thailand's nuclear power plant development committee is
reviewing the plan in line with the International Atomic Energy
Agency and Japan's nuclear crisis raised concerns about the
project, the statement said.
The delay is expected to strengthen demand for domestic gas.
Natural gas accounts for about 70 percent of fuel for power
generation in Thailand.
(Reporting by Khettiya Jittapong. Editing by Jason Szep)