Industrial Estate Authority expects 5% income rise in 2010

Industrial Estate Authority

The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) expects investment in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate to improve and a five per cent increase of income to reach Bt35 billion in the 2010 fiscal year, said IEAT governor Monta Pranootnorap.

Groups of industries such as electronic parts, electrical appliances, and auto parts from Japan, Taiwan, China and Singapore are expected to invest in Thai industrial estates which are expected to grow about 20 per cent in the next five years, said the IEAT governor.

At the end of last year investors slowed investment due to the problem of suspended Map Ta Phut industrial projects, appreciation of the Thai baht and the global economic downturn, she added.

Speaking of 61 industrial still projects suspended by the court, she said the IEAT will help 26 projects, which have potential to ask the court to lift the suspension.

Another 16 projects are under construction, so they are not polluting now and 19 others are finding more information to submit to the court.

An advisory centre has already helped 10 projects to submit more information to the court.

Director-General Peerapol Sakarin of the Department of Energy Business said that what is most worrying about the suspended projects is that PTT gas separation plant unit 6, originally producing over 100,000 tonnes of cooking gas per month, cannot be operated.

The ministry plans to import more than 100,000 tonnes of cooking gas per month to substitute it, he said.
In September the Central Administrative Court injunction suspended 76 industries at Map Ta Phut due to environmental concerns. The injunction followed complaints from residents and environmental groups that state agencies failed to issue proper operating licences to the industrial projects.

The Supreme Administrative Court later allowed 11 of the 76 projects to continue operating, with 65 to remain shuttered until they comply with the environmental and health requirements of Section 67 of the 2007 Constitution. (TNA)