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Thai Energy Regulator Warns on Burma Pipeline Slowdown

8 January 2014

Thailand’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has called on businesses to reduce their power consumption for the rest of the week as the flow of natural gas from Burma is disrupted by the construction of a new pipeline. According to The Bangkok Post, electricity demand is expected to be high from Jan 8-10 as most manufacturers resume production after the New Year holidays, but should slow down next week amid calls for a shutdown by anti-government protesters. Gas from Burma’s Yetagun and Yadana offshore blocks has been suspended for the first two weeks of the year so that a pipeline can be constructed between the platform where gas is brought up from the seabed and a pressure machine platform, also offshore.