Ministry of Energy to store up oil for 11 more days in case of emergency
Energy Minister Pichai Naripthaphan stated that the current flood disaster has put Thailand in another critical time, forcing the preparation to reserve national energies.
Ministry of Energy has a plan to extend the period of oil storage from 18 days to 29 days, hoping to meet the demand during the time of crisis shared by Thailand and other countries. The plan is now during the build-up process joined by government and private sectors.
It is initially found that oil depots owned by the private sector still have potentials to store up more oil. So far, 276 gas stations nationwide have been affected by floods and 242 of them have closed down. Among them are 88 LPG gas stations, NGV gas stations and 18 gas filling plants.
Nevertheless, the Bangkok North power plant still continues its operation as usual with back-up plans prepared in case of emergency. It is confirmed that Thailand will not see oil and gas shortage but the shipping might be delayed due to some changes in delivery routes.
BANGKOK, 27 October 2011 (NNT) – Reporter : Boonyanut Chompan
News Date : 27 October 2011