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Thailand: THA: BLCP POWER PROJECT

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 37904-014 Status: Closed

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.

Project Details

Project Officer
Gaza, Anne Kathryn C. Private Sector Operations Department Request for information
Country
  • Thailand
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name THA: BLCP POWER PROJECT
Project Number 37904-014
Borrower/Company BLCP POWER LIMITED
Country Thailand
Location
Type or Modality of Assistance
2016 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 40.00 million Closed
40 B-Loan (Collaborative Cofinancing) USD 70.00 million Closed
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Conventional energy generation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Gaza, Anne Kathryn C.
Project Sponsor(s) BANPU COAL POWER LTD.
Electricity Generating Public Company Limited
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.
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.
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.
Status of Operation/Construction The Project was completed ahead of schedule. While COD was declared as scheduled on 1 October 2006 for Unit 1 and February 1 2007 for Unit 2, both units were already operational even before their respective scheduled COD. The Project is operating satisfactorily.
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.
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

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. 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.

Involuntary Resettlement As the Project is located in the developed industrial estate, it did not involve involuntary resettlement.
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation The last site visit and annual review mission was fielded in July 2013.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 24 Jan 2003
Credit Committee Meeting 27 Aug 2003
Approval 12 Nov 2003
PDS Creation Date 29 Aug 2006
Last PDS Update 17 Mar 2021

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Title Document Type Document Date
BLCP Power Project: Loan and Complementary Financing Scheme Extended Annual Review Reports Sep 2009

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
BLCP Power Project: Annual Report (January-December 2011) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2012
BLCP Power Project: Annual Report (January-December 2010) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2012
BLCP Power Project: Annual Report for Environmental Quality Monitoring and Mitigation Measures during Operation Period of BLCP Power Plant and Coal Unloading Facilities Project (January-December 2009) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2009
BLCP Power Project in Thailand: Environmental Protection and Mitigation Measures Implementation Report (January-June 2008) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2008
BLCP Power Project in Thailand: Environmental Protection and Mitigation Measures Implementation Report (January-June 2008) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2008
BLCP Power Project: Environmental Protection and Mitigation Measures Implementation Report during Operation Period of BLCP Power Plant Project (January - June 2008) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2008
BLCP Power Project in Thailand: Environmental Protection and Mitigation Measures Implementation Report (January-December 2007) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2007
BLCP Power Project in Thailand: Environmental Protection and Mitigation Measures Implementation Report (January-December 2007) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2007
BLCP Power Project in Thailand: Environmental Protection and Mitigation Measures Implementation Report (January-June 2007) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2007
BLCP Power Project Summary Environmental Impact Assessments Feb 2003

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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