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    Building a company that lasts

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 22/02/2018

    » The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not merely a global agenda or war cry for sustainable development that is being taken up by governments around the world. To move forward towards global prosperity, there has to be a balance and interaction between economic and social health. As such, business corporations have an equal responsibility and, increasingly, a need, to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations and management systems. It is not just a public-relations exercise, but a factor that will give them an edge, and also provide for long-term growth in a world where business no longer caters simply to a small circle of "customers" or "shareholders", but the wider target of "stakeholders".

  • News & article

    Mixed prospects

    Asia focus, Published on 26/01/2015

    » Thai companies that have been considering regional expansion are going against the global trend of budget cuts in the oil and gas industry by preparing to actively pursue possible merger and acquisition opportunities that may arise.

  • News & article

    A crisis to help sell coal power plants?

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 22/02/2013

    » Scheduled maintenance on Myanmar gas fields & energy shortfall in April known since last year, now used to sell coal plants that people don't want.

  • News & article

    Outgoing THAI chief on corruption

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 31/05/2012

    » Piyasvasti says plane purchase was so bad that planes could not fly because fuel cost greater than money made on flights.

  • News & article

    Chockchai appointed acting THAI president

    Online Reporters, Published on 21/05/2012

    » Thai Airways International (THAI) on Monday appointed Chokchai Panyayong as acting THAI president, replacing Piyasvasti Amranand.

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    Nuclear Power for Thailand

    By Anonymous, Created on: 04/09/2007, Last updated on: 09/07/2014

    » The Prime Minister has explained the plan for a nuclear power plant to produce energy for Thailand and help Thailand move away from reliance on oil and gas. Thailand is a net importer of energy, getting much of its energy from the middle east at a huge cost to the country. Added to that the use of...

    • Anonymous commented : d a three-year, 1.38- billion-baht study of nuclear power generation for Thailand. The study would be undertaken by the new Nuclear Power Development Office (NPDO). The working panel would be chaired by Norkhun Sitthiphong, the current deputy permanent secretary for the Energy Ministry.Dr Piyasvasti said the preparation procedure involved various elements including a feasibility study, site selection, public acceptance plan, and development of the required technical skills for local personnel. As well, he said, amendments to national laws were needed to expand the permitted usage of nuclear beyond food, medical and military research applications. Thailand has had a small research reactor for more than 40 years. The legislation would also cover safety standards to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The cost of the study would be borne by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) and the Energy Conservation Fund, with nuclear specialists from various public agencies involved. Dr Piyasvasti has been an outspoken supporter of building nuclear power plants, citing the country's high reliance on costly fossil fuels, limited availability of renewable energy, and global climate-change concerns. The government is now looking for a public-relations agency to carry out a public education plan to promote understanding of nuclear power. Most renewable energy has much higher production costs compared to nuclear power, which costs about two baht a kilowatt/hour (unit) to generate, compared with 5.5 baht a unit for wind power, 10.5 baht for solar, and 4.50 baht for biogas. Dr Piyasvasti said the study group was prepared to abandon its work if studies showed that other fuels would be cheaper than nuclear. One approach with high potential is believed to be integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), a new technology that turns coal into gas, but it could take two decades to develop on a commercial scale. Dr Piyasvasti's term as energy minister has also been marked by vigorous promotion of alternative fuels through a power demand-side management programme, providing soft loans and subsidies for energy-saving systems.

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