Electricity on Koh Phangan

The authorities are working hard to provide a better and more safe electricity supply for Koh Samui and Koh Phangan very soon after the islands experienced a three-day power cut last year.

The deputy governor of the Provincial Electricity Authority, Khun Padung Banjongsilp showed the recent process to members of the press,  government officials and the president of the Tourism and Hospitality Association. The Laying of a new 115-kilovolt cable from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Samui in Suratthani Province will soon be finished.

A third circuit and a new substation have been set up to fulfill the risen demand for electricity on Koh Samui. So far, 37.5 kilometres of the 54km cable has already been laid according to the Nation. The substation is expected to go into operation in March and it will produce 200MW of electricity – enough to provide Koh Phangan and Koh Samui with sufficient power for at least 10 years.

The Provincial Electricity Authority is spending Bt4 billion on this project, which comes under the government’s policy to improve the quality of life on Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. It is also a part of the plan to boost tourism and prepare the Kingdom for the launch of the ASEAN economic community.

The power consumption on the islands has been increasing for years. Samui has power since 1961, which was initially ensured by diesel generators. In 1987, in order to meet the rising demand on Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, the PEA laid 23km of cable to supply another 33kilovolt electricity to the island and make the power supply more stable.

In 1995 a first circuit producing 115kilovolt has been set up, followed by a second circuit and two substations which provided reliable supply to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

The new cable will ensure a reliable power supply not only on Koh Samui but also on Koh Phangan. The island will be prepared for more visitors as well as new developments.


Source: The NATION, February 12, 2013.

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