FRENCH ENERGY FORUM EXPRESSES STRONG INTEREST IN SHARING ITS EXPERTISE WITH ITALIAN-THAI DEVELOPMENT (ITD) ON THE DAWEI DEEP SEA PORT PROJECT IN BURMA (MYANMAR)

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 19/11/12

The French companies operating in the energy sector in Thailand have recently decided to team up under the “French Energy Forum” working group. The aim of this partnership is to promote the French expertise and technology in the energy sector towards the main business players in Thailand and in some of its strategic neighboring countries like Burma (Myanmar). 

On Monday 12 November, the “French Energy Forum” (FEF), in collaboration with the French Trade Commission – UBIFRANCE, the Economic Department of the Embassies of France in Thailand and in Burma (Myanmar) and the French Development Agency (AFD) met with Dr. Somchet Thinaphong, Managing Director of Dawei Development Co. (DDC), the entity set-up by Italian-Thai Development (ITD) to develop the Dawei project in Burma (Myanmar).

During this meeting, the “French Energy Forum” (FEF) members discussed the current and forthcoming developments of the Dawei project and expressed their strong interest to share their expertise with ITD on this mega project. 

“We are much honored to meet with Dr. Somchet today. Of course we are very interested in the Dawei project and we sincerely hope we will have the opportunity to collaborate with ITD on the energy aspects of this mega project. France has some of the biggest suppliers and producers worldwide in the energy sector indeed (most of which are members of the “French Energy Forum” working group) and is eager to take part in the challenging Dawei project. We all come here today, under the French Energy Forum, to present the French offer to ITD. ” declared Didier Farez, President of the “French Energy Forum”. Didier Farez is also President of Alstom Thailand. 

The French Energy Forum’s members participating in this meeting were Alstom, AF Consult, AFD Group, BNP Paris Thailand, EDF Group, GDF SUEZ Energy International, MPO, Schneider Electric, Technip and Spie Oil & Gaz Services.

Company profiles of participants: 
 
ALSTOM  
Alstom has been operating in Thailand in the area of energy infrastructures and rail transport for 40 years.
Alstom Thermal Power (providing equipment and services for power generation) has supplied more than 7000 MW (gas, steam & hydro) in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Burma (Myanmar) since 1980. It has also expanded its activities in the renewable energy market with 2x40 MW biomass power plant at Phu Khiew and Dan-Chang, and hydro-mechanical equipment for a 600 MW hydro plant in Laos. The latest major reference was a 1400 MW combined-cycle plant commissioned in 2008 at Kaeng Khoi, Saraburi using F-class GT technology.
More information on Alstom Thailand available on: http://www.alstom.com/Global/Group/Resources/Documents/Factsheets/Thailand%20factsheet.pdf

AF Consult  
AF Consult regional office in Bangkok was established in 1997 to serve primarily the requirements of Thailand’s public and private market as well as those from neighboring countries, mainly in the fields of thermal energy and hydro power, and most recently in urban development. Major projects carried out include engineering services for the 2,625 MW Mae Moh coal fired power station and privately developed co-generation plants in Thailand; hydropower plants in Laos: Nam Ngum I and Houay Ho, as well as the oil/coal-fired power plants in Vietnam, Phu My 2.1 add-on and Na Duong.
More information on: http://www.afconsult.com/en/Worldwide/Asia/Thailand/

AFD Group (Groupe Agence Française de Développement)
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), a public development finance institution, has spent 70 years working to alleviate poverty in developing countries. In Asia, AFD encourages economic development combined with natural resources protection and climate change mitigation. In 2011, AFD authorized nearly EUR 7 billion of project funding, making it one of the largest development finance institutions. AFD works with central and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and public and private enterprises to finance and implement development projects. A subsidiary, Proparco, is dedicated to private sector development.
More information on:  http://www.afd.fr/lang/en/home

BNP PARIBAS THAILAND 
BNP Paribas opened its representative office in 1979 and has been operating as a full branch since 1997 in Thailand. BNP Paribas Thailand offers all corporate banking services in THB and foreign currencies for domestic and international corporations.
BNP Paribas Group has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees, including more than 150,000 in Europe.
More information on: http://www.bnpparibas.co.th  

EDF Group
EDF is a leading global player in the energy market, active in all areas of the power industry including generation, transmission, distribution, and trading of electricity.  
EDF has established various industrial partnerships in Asia: nuclear and thermal in China, thermal in Vietnam and hydro in Laos. In particular, EDF is the major stakeholder of the project company that developed and operates the 1070 MW Nam Theun 2 hydropower project. The Nam Theun 2 hydropower project commissioned in 2010 exports 95% of the power generated to Thailand for its client EGAT.
More information on EDF Asia: http://asia.edf.com

GDF SUEZ Energy International
GDF SUEZ Energy International is a leading international IPP formed by the combination of GDF SUEZ & International Power global assets. GDF SUEZ Energy International develops, owns, and operates large scale power plants in over 30 countries globally. GDF SUEZ Energy International is also active in natural gas distribution, LNG, desalination, electricity and gas retail.
In Thailand, GDF SUEZ Energy International has 2 subsidiaries:
-        Glow Energy (IPP and cogeneration)
-        PTT NGD (natural gas distribution)
More information on www.gdfsuez.com

MPO  
Under its brand MPOWER, MPO proposes a broad portfolio of high quality photovoltaic solutions: Innovative Floating PV system - Solutions for commercial sector - Building Integrated Solutions - PV for homeowner. 
More information on: http://www.mpoasia.com/

Schneider Electric  
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions to make energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green across multiple market segments. The Group has leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. With 22.4 billion euros sales in 2011, the company’s 130,000+ employees are committed to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”
More information on: http://www.schneider-electric.com

Technip Engineering (Thailand) Ltd.  
Part of the Technip Group, Technip Engineering is a world leader in the field of project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. Technip Engineering (Thailand) offers services in the offshore and onshore oil & gas industries in Thailand. In green technologies, Technip as a key contributor to global energy solutions is developing its renewable energy strategy and capability.
More information on: http://www.technip.com/en/entities/asia-pacific

SPIE Oil & Gas Services
A specialist subsidiary of the SPIE Group currently established in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, delivers oil & gas services through five major business lines, including well services, systems integration, expertise services, competence development and asset support.
More information on: http://www.spieogs.com/en/index.html 
Press contact:
Ms. Ratchaneekorn MEKCHAI
UBIFRANCE – The Trade Commission of the French Embassy

ratchaneekorn.mekchai@ubifrance.fr
Tel: + 66 (0)2 352 41 19
www.ubifrance.com/th

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