Innovative strategy speeds Thai power generation

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Over the past few months, two new power plants have gone online in Thailand, providing power for 1.5 million homes. Even though they are practically located at opposite ends of the country, both were finished in just three years thanks to an innovative management strategy that pooled resources and management between the projects.

Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch created the development strategy, which used the same project management and core design teams to build both plans, at the same time, on nearly identical schedules.

The two plants have different configurations, not to mention different site configurations, and had different sets of project managers from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. But Black & Veatch was able to accelerate development by having one overall management team oversee both projects.

This approach allowed managers to see when resources could be pooled, ensured both were built to best practices, and saved money by being able to buy the materials needed in larger quantities.

Thailand is one of the most densely populated countries, and the need for more power is growing rapidly. One of the two new plants more than doubles the power generation capabilities previously available in its area; the other increases power generation by nearly a third.

Marubeni Corporation operates the plants and says the efficiencies achieved through this form of project management, which had never been tried before in Thailand, helped it bring more power online faster than it would have been able to otherwise.