Samui & Phangan Still Without Power For 2Nd Day .story Continues With Updated Info & Suggestions.
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Posted 2012-12-06 15:30:49
Overview of rolling power outage. Please note that it indicates parts of areas. Loop is 14 hours.
Posted 2012-12-06 15:34:43
A relatively simple problem with a relatively simple solution. Its called "Preventative Maintenance". Unfortunately this country runs on 20/20 hindsight viewed through rose tinted glasses along with a generous helping of blind luck, - which just doesn't cut it in the real world. Nothing is maintained here, nothing. They only bother to fix anything once it has catastrophically failed. Take tires for example, they don't replace them once worn, the preferred method is wait until they explode. Same guiding principles go for almost everything.
In summary; Mai Phen Rai...... Booom. Ops. wasn't me.... Someone else fault.
Edited by Pomthai, 2012-12-06 15:36:49.
Posted 2012-12-06 15:41:26
I just tried to access the PEA (provincial electrical authority, Thailand) website, only to be informed by Google Chrome that access was blocked due to possible infection by malware.
You couldnt make some of this stuff up.
Amateurism doesnt even come close.
Posted 2012-12-06 16:17:38
Thailand is a highly centralized country, every level reports to a higher level. For example; Samui govt has no authority over songthaews. They are under the Provincial Dept of Land Transportation which is under the National Dept. of Land transport, just as an example (before someone starts in on me saying whats this got to do with songthaews). If you don't grasp the basic way this government works then you won't understand how these things can occur.
EGAT is, like all governmental organizations, a top down bureaucracy. Making high level decisions without superior authorization is not going to happen. This cable is extremely expensive and very very expensive to repair, I find it very hard to believe that some medium level amphur based technician has authority.
Posted 2012-12-06 16:22:35
I'm due to be there in a few weeks time. Think ill cancel the hotel booking now. No way I'm going there without electricity.
Posted 2012-12-06 16:31:50
Pretty sure they will have electricity in a few weeks
Posted 2012-12-06 16:39:42
The bottom line for me is being a state owned service there are no penalties to pay when the service is not provided so no real sense of urgency compared to what would happen if it were privately owned, then you would see some rapid repairs as the penalties kicked in for non provision of service! you would also see a better state of the provision in general, government jobsworths have no incentive to provide a decent level of service. This is typical of any public sector service in the world, full of overpaid jobsworths who wouldn't know how to make a decent cup of tea.
Posted 2012-12-06 16:44:37
Ok latest up date....No one knows how to fix the cable but they are trying to fix it, no one knows if that will work because they don't know what they are doing. If its not working by Saturday it won't be working on Sunday. If its fixed and working Sunday week it could be still ok and going on the Tuesday before that. As for Wednesday next week no one wants to commit to that but I have heard if its not up and running on Thursday then it definitely wouldn't have been back on by Wednesday.
That is the official explanation I got from the Mayor, Govenor and the PM.
Finally at least these guys are starting to make some sense of the situation.
Posted 2012-12-06 16:54:12
Thank you Gulfsailor. At last - some useful information
Posted 2012-12-06 16:58:18
Nothing here in Plai Laem - and we are supposed to be on the same timetable?
Posted 2012-12-06 17:10:45
Typical third world cluster****, although I thought it would be more the responsibility of the PEA, who operate on a local basis, rather than the power generating company EGAT. I think Samui is under the control of the Nakhorn Si Thammarat Southern Area 2 office, the chain of command cant be so convoluted that it takes 3 days and counting to restore power.
It just smacks of typical Thai incompetence, lack of responsibility and professionalism that is so often seen when problems arise. It might have been acceptable 15 years ago, but these days it is just plain embarrassing, to say nothing of the inconvenience to visitors and small businesses.
Posted 2012-12-06 17:20:40
Thanks for that info - yes we had power at 8am today.
Posted 2012-12-06 17:24:34
What utter rubbish.
1,000 visitors on Samui - there are more
Posted 2012-12-06 17:48:38
Just been a bit about it on channel 3 news and they've got some farangs in working on it and is back to 20% at the moment, and 'hope' to have it fixed by 'tonight' according to the wife (I didn't understand a word of it as usual).
Fingers crossed chaps
Posted 2012-12-06 17:49:40
Did anybody notice that when the Skytrain was built in BKK it was not engineered by Thais? It was a German company subcontracted to do the construction. The level of traing and education here in Thailand was always adequate within the everyday TV and newspaper realm of a small, proud nation, but now that Thailand finds itself interfacing more and more with first word competence, awareness and expectations, the government and its media are becoming constantly embarrased and losing international face more and more.
Fifteen or 20 years ago the. govt could get away with saying or doing whatever it pleased. But, SCARY MONSTER, the internet and WWW have. utterly kicked their legas away.
"Responsible spokesmen" are still desperately continuing to make up "statistics" and facts and figures (ie normally 20,000 tourists here - now there are 1,000) seemingly unaware that then entire rest of the world is watching via online sources, and able to access databases and TAT stats, andlaughing at their transparently idioticic nonsense.
One poster here mentioned HK, Singapore and somewhere else with a similar problem that would be a simple routine fix, never make the news and be done overnight. Absolutely true. But these are countries that don't hang their HT mains cables from trees and poles, all tangled together with the cable TV and phone lines, and joined with wire and sticky tape. These countries also don't produce university graduates who put a Band Aid on their faces when they have a toothache or consider "fresh" juice to be a can that they only bought yesterday.
Every month, little by little and more and more, poor little Thailand, a country. for generations so proud of being independent and separate from the rest of the world, is now begining to discover that this is no good thing.
There is only so far you can go in the international community making total cock-ups and then blathering pathetically to try to save face. And every time it happens this lovely, happy, carefree nation is shooting itself in the foot again and again. But it's cheap and sunny here, so what the heck!
Posted 2012-12-06 18:00:25
Rob, you are getting more cynical every day. You have to look at this in a completely different way; do you like watching clowns at the circus, or tv comedies like Family Guy? Well you are now living in that! How cool is that? I am having a laugh a minute, and it got better and better every year, since the 9 years I am now here. Truly Amazing Thailand.
Posted 2012-12-06 18:18:06
Power in Nathon came back at around 5PM. Since this was not on the rotation plan (thanks again Gulfsailor), we are in good hope .
Correction: Apparently not all of Nathon, didn't know they can restore power selectiveley only.
Edited by longtom, 2012-12-06 18:26:41.
Posted 2012-12-06 18:34:01
Well, how childishly wonderful for you.
Consider if you will for a minute those people who are running businesses that depend on a regular supply of power, surely not such an outrageous demand in 2012, on an island that advertises itself as a world class vacation destination, consider their loss of income and their loss of reputation, through no fault of their own.
Consider also, those visitors who have spent their own hard earned money to travel there, only to find no power, no lighting, no hot water, refrigeration or television, swimming pool pumps dead, etc.etc.etc. all because of poor maintenance, poor planning, little or no information and a lack of skilled on site engineers.
But you seem to find it all very funny. are you Thai by any chance.
Edited by MUSTYJACK, 2012-12-06 18:35:28.
Posted 2012-12-06 18:50:26
We had power in Bang Por (santithani) from 16.30 to 18.00.
Unfortunately now it's off again.
God, bless True Move!
Posted 2012-12-06 19:07:52
Thank you so much for the useful information - please post more of the same!
Just enjoying my last hour of electricity here on Koh Phangan...
Posted 2012-12-06 19:25:11
People in vast swathes of the Greatest Nation on Earth were without power for weeks in the wake of hurricane Sandy, a storm of no particular magnitude compared to what this part of the world experiences every rainy season, plus (with all due respect) Samui is a small and fairly insignificant island. Let's perhaps not get too carried away extolling the superiority of the West.
It IS extremely annoying and could be handled better, but how often and at what length does the point need to be made before we can get back to practical questions?
(Thanks to the people who've been posting updates, by the way. Very helpful.)