26 June 2002 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd and Mitsubishi Corp have won a 100bn yen ($825m) order to build a coal burning power plant in Thailand, a business daily said on Wednesday.

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun said BLCP Power, an independent power firm, awarded the contract for a 1.4 GW coal burning plant to the trading house and heavy industries arm of Japan’s Mitsubishi group.

Officials at Mitsubishi Heavy declined to make any immediate comment on the report.

Thai officials suspended plans to build large power plants in the wake of the Asian economic crisis in 1997. It will be the first large-scale plant to be built since then, the paper said.

Thailand expects a power shortage in 2006 and aims to use the new plant to make up the shortfall, the paper said.

The Thai government power agency will buy all the power generated at the plant from BLCP and supply it to Bangkok, the business daily said.

The plant will consist of two 700 MW steam turbines and will use generators made by Mitsubishi Electric Corp, the paper said.

The first of the turbines will become operational in October 2006 in the Rayong industrial complex, about 200 km (125 miles) south of Bangkok, it said.

Building a coal burning plant is intended to reduce Thailand’s dependence on natural gas, which accounts for 70 per cent of its total power generation, the paper said.