When natural gas field was first discovered in Gulf of Thailand way back in 1981, it was perceived as a major breakthrough that would propel economic prosperity in Thailand. One cannot deny that energy generated from indigenous sources played a crucial role in orchestrating rapid industrialization in the country. Energy derived from non-renewable sources has become the lifeblood of the region and it fuels a majority of the requirements of modern comforts.
The excessive dependence on indigenous sources of energy has brought the country on the verge of acute energy shortage. As announced by the Ministry of Energy (MoE), if the government does not renew its stand on petroleum concessions any time soon, it is likely to trigger severe energy crisis. Given the incumbent situation, it is no surprise that a large population feels that they are left with only fewer choices especially at a time when MoE insisted that the current reserves of gas will not even last for seven complete years.
The energy conservation agencies in the region are deploying scare tactics to heighten people’s fear pertaining to energy crisis. However, they are constantly told by advertising campaigns on television that “clean coal” can support the coal power plant in Krabi province, not even realizing that same has the potential to adversely affect the marine ecosystem in Andaman Sea.
It is rather interesting to note here that during the debate that National Reform Council (NRC) organized recently to discuss on the controversial topic of petroleum concession renewal, some of the ex- MoE officials who now work with the organization has admitted publicly that the petroleum energy will soon get replaced with newer and cleaner forms of energy.