IRVINE, Calif.—Edison Mission Energy (EME), an Edison International company, announced the July 1, 2000 start of commercial operation of the Tri Energy project in Thailand’s Ratchaburi Province, west of Bangkok. Power from the 700 MW, combined cycle power plant will be purchased by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

“Tri Energy is the first greenfield independent power producer in Thailand to have achieved commercial operation,” said Robert Edgell, EME Asia Pacific executive vice president. “EME is proud to be dispatching power to Thailand’s national grid, demonstrating our long-term commitment to the country and its desire to privatize the electricity industry.” EME owns 25 percent of Tri Energy. Its partners in the project are Texaco Global Gas and Power, and Banpu Public Co. Ltd., each of which owns a 37.5 percent interest.

Construction at the site began in 1998, with commercial operation achieved on schedule and under budget. The plant incorporates state-of-the-art “F” class combustion turbines, advanced emissions control technology and other high-efficiency design elements-making it one of the most efficient, environmentally friendly power plants in Thailand. Equipment and materials for the project were sourced in Thailand and from other suppliers globally. The excellent workmanship and careful attention to workplace safety resulted in about six million man-hours worked without a lost-time accident.

A consortium of nine international banks are providing non-recourse project financing, supported by the Overseas Private Investment Corp. of the United States and Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry. The project purchases gas from the Petroleum Authority of Thailand. General Electric provides operation and maintenance services.

Edison Mission Energy specializes in the development, acquisition, construction management and operation of global power production facilities. As one of the world’s leading global power producers, Edison Mission Energy owns nearly 23,000 MW of generating capacity, including interests in over 75 projects currently operating or under construction in Australia, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.