Utility will restructure after blow to privatisation plans


Plans to privatise the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) were put on hold recently after days of massive demonstrations by unions and workers. A new governor has been appointed to head Thailand’s largest power utility, and plans are underway to restructure its management and operational systems for improved flexibility, as well as to prepare plans for implementing future business strategies.

These plans include the possibility of entering the telecommunications market, the search for overseas projects and the construction of new power plans and transmission lines. New governor Kraisi Karnasuta has undertaken to involve both staff and labour union leaders in the decision-making processes.