The Chana Green Company Limited plan to develop a biomass power plant using wooden waste from agriculture activities such as rubber wood, acacia wood. The plant will be 25 MW located in 161.49 rai. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) approved the company for a project of power purchase from a small plant under the government's Alternative Energy Development Plan. The electricity from the project will supply to the grid of EGAT in non-firm contract basis.
According to Asian Development Bank documents, the project is classified as category B for the environment and category C for involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples. This means that “the proposed project’s potential adverse environmental impacts are site-specific, few if any of them are irreversible, and in most cases mitigation measures can be designed more readily than for category A projects. An initial environmental examination (IEE), including an EMP, is required”, and “the proposed project has no involuntary resettlement impacts.”
Based on Asian Development Bank documents, “since the project is Category B for environment, Safeguard Requirements 1: Environmental and eleven policy principles have been triggered.” World Bank Group’s Environmental, Health and Safety guidelines are also applicable. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) therefore outlines different key environmental and social indicators.
Based on the Asian Development Bank’s project documents, this project poses potential risks to the following human rights:
Potential harmful impacts identified in bank documents include: air pollution during construction and from stack emissions during operation and water resource pollution due to wastewater, ash or chemical discharge.
Potential harm to access to water due to the extraction of freshwater resources from Nathawee Canal and the discharge of wastewater.
Potential health issues stemming from air pollution, water pollution or unsafe working conditions.
Potential to damage agricultural activities from environmental impact of power plant.
Potential of harming students´ leaning ability due to air and noise pollution, particularly students in Chanupatham School, 136m away from the power plant.
Chana Green Company, Ltd, is a subsidiary of Gulf Energy Development. Owner of the project, the company will operate the power plant and sell the energy to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).
STECON (Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Public Company Ltd) has been selected by Green Chana as the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor.
Pöyry is a global engineering services provider, and has been selected by STECON as the company who will engineering services for the project.
Consultants of Technology Company Limited have been hired to conduct the Environmental Impact Assessment. Sylvan Agriculture Limited conducted the Annual Environmental and Social Monitoring Report for Chana Green.
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Infrastructure Finance Division 2
Responsible ADB Officer Gulshan, Karan Raj (formerly Lockhart, Robert S.)
**Project contact details not provided at the time of disclosure.**
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