PROJECT | Staff Reporter, Thailand

Thailand inks deal with DNV GL to improve energy security

The partnership will explore new technologies in transmission systems.

International certification body DNV GL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) at the EGAT Headquarters in Nonthaburi, Thailand. The MoU was signed by Mathias Steck, ‎Executive Vice President Asia Pacific, DNV GL – Energy and Suthon Boonprasong, Deputy Governor of Transmission Systems, EGAT.

DNV GL will lend its expertise to EGAT as its a preferred technical advisor to harness quality, promote technology and give EGAT a competitive edge. The expertise will consist of exploring new technologies in transmission systems, smart asset management and disruptive technologies for the energy industry which will propel EGAT to a market leading position in the highly competitive Thai utilities sector and be one of the best in the region.

The second-largest economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, Thailand faces electricity security challenges that will require sustained efforts to diversify the power sector’s fuel sources. Natural gas currently generates two-thirds of the country’s electricity, but domestic gas resources are set to begin depleting rapidly and almost all imports come from a single country, Myanmar, leaving Thailand vulnerable to supply disruptions.

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