Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 29 Aug 2006
PDS Updated as of 18 Sep 2013

Project Name THA: BLCP POWER PROJECT
Borrower/Equity Investment Name BLCP POWER LIMITED
Country Thailand
Project/Program Number 37904-014
Status Approved
Geographical Location Map Ta Phut in Rayong Province.
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Sector and/or Subsector Classification Energy
/ Conventional Energy
Thematic Classification Economic growth
Private sector development
Gender Mainstreaming Categories

Project Sponsors

Banpu Coal Power
Electricity Generating Public Co. Ltd. (EGCO)

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
PS7185B-loan
(Fully Disbursed)
70,000
PS7185Private Sector Loan
(Fully Disbursed)
40,000
TOTAL USD 110,000

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

The project is built on reclaimed land in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong Province. The project is located in a large industrial estate with no nearby communities. Given its location and surroundings, the project site is less environmentally and socially sensitive compared to similar projects located outside the industrial area. The major environmental issues of the Project during construction were increased turbidity of sea water and adverse impacts on the local marine ecosystem, which may be caused by dredging of the sea bed for providing approach channel and turn around area for coal carriers, and for the construction of berthing facilities. During construction, all agreed mitigation measures were implemented and were effective in minimizing sea water turbidity. The Project fully complied with all environmental covenants designed to minimize environmental impacts during operations. The Project installed all prescribed environmental mitigation measures, such as use of low sulfur coal and installation of electrostatic precipitators, and fulfilled all the monitoring and reporting requirements. The amount of pollutants in the flue gas, ambient air quality, groundwater quality, spent cooling water quality, and seawater quality around the discharge point of the spent cooling water consistently met the requirements prescribed in the relevant national standards and World Bank s guidelines and standards. Of note is the Project s support of community participation in the Project s environmental management and monitoring through a number of committees represented by the local communities, local governments, and concerned government agencies as well as the Project s representative. BLCP actively engages in educating the community and fosters community relations through an effective public relations strategy. The Project s performance in health and safety was also fully satisfactory judged by very low incidents of occupational health and work safety. As the Project is located in the developed industrial estate, it did not involve involuntary resettlement. The Project therefore had no direct and negative social impacts. The Project, however, implemented a number of social projects for the benefits of local communities.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

The last site visit and annual review mission was fielded in July 2013.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Description

The Project is a 1,434 MW coal-fired thermal power plant located at Map Ta Phut, Rayong Province, approximately 200 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. The Plant is a two unit pulverized coal-fired, steam-electric generating station operated by BLCP Power Limited (Project Company). The net power produced by BLCP is fed to the Plant's 500 kV switchyard through which the electricity will be sold to the national utility and transported through the national grid.1

Objectives and Scope

The Project (i) provides additional capacity to mitigate the projected power supply shortfall in a least-cost manner; (ii) promotes fuel diversification for power generation; (iii) provides reliable power supply to domestic consumers as well as to agricultural industry; and (iv) further improves the sector s efficiency by promoting private sector participation in the power generation sector.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Project is consistent with ADB's energy sector strategy and is a competitively bid project. The output is supplied to EGAT at a tariff that is competitive relative to other existing generation plants. The technology adopted by the Project is consistent with ADB's environment policy, and price stability for the end consumer. ADB promotes reforms to improve accountability and governance in the sector as well as efficiency gains and affordable tariffs.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
The project has succeeded in meeting its primary development objectives. The Project was the largest private sector project in Thailand implemented post-financial crisis with the participation of a large number of both international and local commercial banks. BLCP was also the only coal-fired independent power producer in the first round of IPP bidding which closed successfully and operated as originally intended. The BLCP plant has one of the lowest marginal costs in the system, and thus it is being dispatched at a high level by EGAT. BLCP's operations as a coal fired power plant has achieved the objective of fuel diversification in Thailand which is dominated by natural gas-fired power plants.
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing
Consulting Services
Procurement
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/37904-014/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance 24 Jan 2003
Fact-finding 26 Mar 2003 to 28 Mar 2003
Management Review Meeting 27 Aug 2003
Approval 12 Nov 2003
Last Review Mission 26 Mar 2003 to 28 Mar 2003

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Private Sector 7185 12 Nov 2003 04 Feb 2004 04 Feb 2004 28 Feb 2008

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Robert Lockhart (rlockhart@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Infrastructure Finance Division 2
Executing Agencies

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/37904-014/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/37904-014/documents