Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Thailand News  >>   Energy  >>   Thai gas to run out in 18 years
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs        1  June  2011

Thai gas to run out in 18 years

Related Stories

May 28, 2011
Thailand moves toward biofuel

May 25, 2011
Thailand expands gas-fired plants

May 7, 2011
Thai Oil may buy Esso

April 28, 2011
Thai panel delays nuclear plans

April 20, 2011
Refuse power grows in Thailand

Thailand must diversify the fuel it uses to generate electricity, or else domestic gas resources could dry up in about two decades, warns deputy energy permanent secretary Kurujit Nakornthap.

"If the country continues pumping gas from the Gulf of Thailand at the present rate of 3,747 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) or 1.37 trillion cubic feet per year, the gas there may be depleted in 18 years," he told a seminar in Bangkok yesterday.

Gas supplied from the gulf represents up to 80 percent of domestic consumption, with the rest supplied from Myanmar, said Mr. Kurujit.

Proved and probable domestic gas reserves are now estimated at 29.9 trillion cubic feet, good for less than 22 years if no new resources are found.

Natural gas now accounts for 72 percent of the fuel used in domestic electricity production, with coal at only 19 percent.

Thailand has failed for decades to switch to more coal use, while nuclear power has become less of an option due to strong opposition in the wake of the Japanese disaster, said Mr Kurujit. This means gas will only become more important in power generation.

Mr. Kurujit said May gas consumption was the highest ever at 4,600 mmscfd from 4,100 mmscfd in the same period last year.

The sharp increase was driven by compressed natural gas (CNG) use in the transport sector surging by a third year-on-year to 6,000 tonnes a day.

Motorists have been shifting away from expensive petrol to CNG, whose price is subsidised by the government.

Demand from the new gas separation plant of PTT Plc also drove demand.

"This situation is very scary, as we depend too much on gas. What will the power sector do if some sort of accident were to cause a major disruption in the gas transport system?" said Mr Kurujit.

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    1  June  2011 Subsribe Now !
• Millionaires hold 39 percent of wealth Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Indonesia leads coal exports through 2020 Asean Affairs Premium
• Australian senator calls for ban on Indo cattle exports
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• BMW expands Malaysia production  
• Bank takeover battle in Malaysia

• Myanmar publisher’s case adjourned

• Thailand to modify foreign property rules?

• Thai gas to run out in 18 years

Asean Analysis    June  2011

Advertise Your Brand
• Does China’s drought relate to the Mekong? Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch    June  2011

• Asean Stock Watch-June 1 p

Global News Impacting Asia    17 November 2010


• Bank of America sees Asian inflation


• Lloyd’s increases insurance push in Malaysia


• Wells Fargo analyst on euro


• Obama’s visit to Asia


ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore
• Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline
• Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand