IEAT signs a private contract to buy raw water in the industrial sector to support “Laem Chabang Industrial Estate – Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate” to solve the problem of drought in the EEC area covering 20 years, enhancing investor confidence
Water demand in the Eastern Special Development Zone (EEC) is likely to increase and there is a chance that it will enter a shortage state. Currently, the total cost of water is 1,537 million cubic meters but has a total water demand of 2,190 million cubic meters which is the industrial demand equal to 625.31 million cubic meters.
Weris Amrapal, Governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT), said that in order to provide efficient water management services in the EEC because it is a large industrial area and an important base to stimulate the economy. IEAT has signed a raw water purchase agreement with Y.SS.P. Aggregate Company Limited to increase the potential of water services in industrial sector and support the expansion of the industrial sector in the EEC including creating water security for industrial estates in the EEC.
Water demand in the next five years is forecasted to be 2,481 million cubic meters, the next 10 years is 2,615 million cubic meters and the next 20 years is 2,722 million cubic meters. This represents the risk of water shortages for future consumption.
At the same time, when considering each province, it can be seen that Chonburi Industrial water demand 247.02 million cubic meters while the water cost of the province is only 291.63 million cubic meters and Rayong Province The volume of industrial water demand is 307.3 million cubic meters. The water cost of the province is only 757.77 million cubic meters.
“From the demand for water that will continue to increase IEAT must develop water resources to create stability for the industrial sector to make the production process continue, Build confidence for entrepreneurs.”
For the present, the two industrial estates have 303 factories, comprising 221 Laem Chabang Industrial Estates this year, requiring 740,000 cubic meters of water per month and 82 Map Ta Phut Industrial Estates, requiring 6.4 million cubic meters of water per month and each year increases by 1%, by 2023 it is expected to consume 74-75 million cubic meters of water per day because there are more factories to use for production.
However, due to the relatively high water consumption, additional water sources must be sought to be sufficient to meet the demand. At the same time, it also prevents water shortages during the dry season, another reason for the signing of raw water purchase agreements to make industrial production uninterrupted and support the expansion of the industry in the EEC.
The raw water source for the production of tap water of Laem Chabang Industrial Estate is from Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Public Company Limited (East Water), which supplies 80% of water from Nong Pla Lai Reservoir and 20% from Nong Kho Reservoir or Bang Phra Reservoir, while at the raw water source of Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate from Dok Krai Reservoir, Nong Pla Lai Reservoir and Khlong Yai Reservoir.
For Y.S.S.P. Aggregate Co., Ltd. has quality water sources and supply water to industrial estates at reasonable prices. By providing and supplying raw water to IEAT for water management in Laem Chabang Industrial Estate not less than 15,000 cubic meters per day and Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, not less than 200,000 cubic meters per day.
For this raw water purchase agreement, the contract is 20 years, which is a lower price than the main water source that is currently sold. The other contract also states that in the future, if there is any change, how many percentages will be fined, making the IEAT confident that the water management can be sustained.
“This signing with the private sector Some of them have to admit that due to 2019-2020, there is not enough water for us, so we need to find stability for entrepreneurs in the East. We tried many places until we found this company. The future will continue to see if enough water is available elsewhere. I believe that the industrial estates that work with us would be interested.”
The drought resolution plan IEAT assesses that When water management in the area is sustainable enough to meet the needs of the industrial sector Providing water sources to accommodate more rainwater will be part of the water retention. So this signing will solve the drought in 5-10 years.