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Posted 2012-12-05 17:20:41
Samui, Phangan still without power
SURAT THANI: -- Thousands of homes and businesses on Samui and Phangan islands in Surat Thani province were still without electricity for the second day on Wednesday after an underwater power cable ruptured on Tuesday. Tourists were rushing to leave the islands.
Normally the holiday season Samui island, one of Thailand's major tourist destinations, would have about 20,000 tourists. That number had shrunk to about one thousand, reports said.
Power was still sporadically available on parts of the islands, but hotels and resorts were having to rely on their own generators, or candles. The wireless telecommunication network had also been knocked out.
The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in Koh Samui district explained that the outage was caused by a rupture to the submarine power cable connecting a substation on Samui island with the mainland.
The reserve power supply was only able to distribute electricity to one fifth of the islands' area at a time, on a two hour rotation, the PEA said.
Wanni Thaipanich, chairwoman of the association of tourism promotion for Koh Phangan, said smaller hotels were suffering as guests cancelled out and moved to larger establishments with their own power generators.
Provincial governor Chatpong Chatphuti said that engineers were being flown in to address the problem and it was expected that the power would be on again by 11pm of Wednesday. Mobile generators had also been dispatched to major hospitals on the islands.
PTT had been asked to urgently transport fuel to both islands as there was now a fuel shortage and people were hoarding supplies. Many hotels were running out of fuel for their generators.
Samui and Phangan have a combined daily power consumption of about 90 megawatts.
-- Bangkok Post 2012-12-05
Posted 2012-12-05 17:44:15
It´s just cosy and romantic with all the candles , burning garbage and stuff!
Welcome to the real Thailand!
Edited by metisdead, 2012-12-05 19:51:57.
Posted 2012-12-05 17:50:36
tourists leaving the island
and now we only have a thousand left ????
what a load of rubbish
ive just been down on chaweng beach today
and had dinner on the beach with hundreds of tourists
then walked along to ark bar and had another drink and there were at lease 200 hundred there alone
Posted 2012-12-05 17:58:18
Man made again! Hub of power cuts in December 2012 - that's a new one!
Posted 2012-12-05 18:13:58
same for me I have been on Samui and Pangan during the "Fai Dab" 20.000 and now 1.000 left? BS!
Posted 2012-12-05 18:45:13
The time of centralized power generation is OVER!
I'm working for a renewable energy company selling, building and/or operating environmental friendly and carbon neutral Gasification power Plants. Yes, these plants are rather small, only a few Megawatt at the time are economical. But the idea is to have a lot of spread over all Thailand. With this, nobody would need the big coal/gas/oil fired plants anymore which damage our environment and health. Oh, and by the way, no more stupid power cuts anymore...
Posted 2012-12-05 18:53:10
Sounds like the business owners are trying to push a case for 'compensation' due to lost revenue from all the departed.
Actually, business is down because there's a lack of ice for chilling the beer.
Posted 2012-12-05 19:02:06
they should stock up on self chillin beer ! - http://www.dailymail...er-sale-UK.html
Posted 2012-12-05 19:14:42
What, exactly, is being 'gasified'? Can they run on 'gasified' rice or something else common (inexpensive) in Thailand?
Posted 2012-12-05 19:40:08
generator 20k baht. A paltry expense when tacked on to a house build
Posted 2012-12-05 19:43:27
on the basis you have enough diesal to fill it !!,
solar is the way forward
Posted 2012-12-05 19:49:01
If the underwater cable ruptured on Tuesday as they say, I very much wonder how poster Gatorade knew already the evening before when the power cuts would start? Somebody's telling porkies here!
Posted 2012-12-05 19:50:54
The fact that all major resorts on Samui have their own gennies says a lot about the banana infastructure. Samui is the cash-cow of Surat province, and the tax take is enormous. And electricity supply these days is as bad as 20 yrs ago. Who is in charge of this sh1t?
Posted 2012-12-05 19:55:37
Wow !! HMS The Kings Birthday = No alcohol until midnight
Posted 2012-12-05 20:19:27
Adequate fuel supply to Samui assured
SAMUI: -- PTT has dispatched 10 oil trucks to Koh Samui, to address the acute demand for fuel on the tourist island.
Samui’s power system went out on Tuesday, prompting each of big business operators to stock up 3,000-6,000 litres of diesel for their power generators.
The company said that the the 10 trucks have already loaded about 150,000 litres to the five stations on the island and another shipment is due early morning tomorrow.
PTT said that the company is closely monitoring the situation and will ensure adequate fuel supply until the island’s power is back.
-- The Nation 2012-12-05
Posted 2012-12-05 20:22:09
With 2 out of 5 planned nuclear power plants being in the south of Thailand (Sichon, Nakhorn Sri Thammarat and Tha Chana district in Surat Thani), this power outage might win over some people who were unsure whether to approve of those plants. "remember those serious power outages, we need sufficient power for tourism".
On the other hand, it should concern people. If a problem like this can not be dealt with faster, what would happen in the event of difficulties with a nuclear plant ...
Edited by g00dgirl, 2012-12-05 20:22:44.
Posted 2012-12-05 20:29:05
could you trust Nuclear power on the Island? esp with all the flooding !
Posted 2012-12-05 20:32:15
this has been a really bad year for the tourism sector and this mishap just does not help business at all.
the question is, would the The Provincial Electricity Authority compensate the business or offer some kind of rebates or whatever to compensate for the losses.
This is not a Thai thing so no need to blame Thailand, this things do happen, as i said hope business will be compensated in one way or another
Posted 2012-12-05 20:33:04
On The Grape Vine - if the electric isn't sorted by 12am, they have to revert to Plan "B" and this could take a further 3-5 days.
Can anyone confirm this?
Posted 2012-12-05 20:36:36
Posted 2012-12-05 20:43:51
i also heard the same thing
Posted 2012-12-05 20:49:14
Does anyone know where the rolling power is at the moment? I was hoping Lamai would get it again at 8pm tonight...