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Khon Kaen takes lead in Thailand’s race to smarten up

Khon Kaen has been chosen to be the government’s model smart city for other provinces to learn from. Last Saturday, Khon Kaen hosted the Smart City Expo 2018, an event designed to showcase a variety of projects aimed at achieving the goal. Known as the centre of the Northeastern Region, Khon Kaen — the 9th […]

Thailand blocks sale of French-owned power producer

Bangkok: Thailand’s energy regulator on Thursday said it would block PTT Group’s multibillion-dollar acquisition of a company owned by French energy giant Engie on grounds that it could create a electricity monopoly in some areas. Engie signed a deal with Thai group Global Power Synergy Public Company (GPSC), part of state-owned PTT, in June to […]

Japanese electric car startup FOMM to open $30m Thai plant

BANGKOK — Japanese electric vehicle startup FOMM will spend 1 billion baht ($30.4 million) to set up in Thailand its first-ever production site, the company said Tuesday at a news conference here. Mass production is slated to begin around February for the venture’s FOMM One, an electric car that seats four people and can run 160 km […]

China Reshapes The Vital Mekong River To Power Its Expansion

Chinese tourists account for more visitors to Thailand — and much of Southeast Asia — than from any other country.   The Thai village of Sob Ruak, at the heart of the Golden Triangle region where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, is no exception. Tour buses routinely disgorge thousands of Chinese tourists to buy trinkets, […]

Solar vital to energy plans

With the Energy Ministry having recently set a new target for Thailand to make a gradual transition away from fossil fuels to decarbonise energy generation in the country, recent research by two Harvard University scholars provides useful information for the  policymakers. It gives a realistic assessment of the pros and cons of two renewable energy […]

Thailand’s Biggest Winery Goes Solar

“Thailand’s biggest winery Siam has entered a 20-year agreement with a Singapore-based solar company to install a rooftop solar system to cut down carbon dioxide emissions, the first Thai winery to do so.” According to Cleantech Solar, the Singaporean company will install a 1MWp on-site rooftop solar system for the Thai winery, based in Hua […]

Analysis: Thailand excels as most flexible sweet crude buyer in Southeast Asia

Singapore — The strong uptrend in international outright crude prices has prompted Thailand to actively diversify its crude supply sources so far this year and the country may earn the title as the most flexible sweet crude importer in Southeast Asia, with state-run PTT picking up more than 10 different low sulfur grades from across the […]