Thailand's EGAT completes comprehensive dam monitoring installation

EGAT Hydropower Projects

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre have completed their installation of automated monitoring systems on all of EGAT's dams and hydropower projects.

The collaboration began in 2013 when NECTEC was charged with helping to develop a comprehensive, real-time data gathering system that could be centrally monitored by EGAT.

Since then, the system -- including remote terminal units, communication links, computer servers and monitoring software -- has been installed at all of EGAT's 14 dams and hydroelectric plants.

NECTEC said the system can be used to detect leaks, shifts in infrastructure and other potential faults to "provide concerned staff with the relevant predictions, guidance and warning about possible failures."

EGAT's own hydro fleet has a cumulative capacity of about 3,450 MW, according to company documents, while the company also has purchase agreements for power produced by hydro plants in a number of neighboring countries.

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