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(fi) Fortum vetaytyi Thaimaan hiilivoimalasta!

From "Timo Kuronen" <kutian@hotmail.com>
Date Tue, 22 Feb 2000 06:31:21 GMT


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Oikein hyvaa huomenta suomalaiset!

Voitte kaikki onnitella itseanne, koska valtionyhtio Fortum paatti 
lopultakin vetaytya kiistellysta ja kyseenalaisesta hiilivoimalahankkesta 
Thaimaassa. Vaikka vetaytymisen syyksi yhtio ilmoittaa investointipolitiikan 
muuttumisen, ei Hin Krutin voimalahankeeseen liittynytta kovaa paikallista 
vastustusta seka thaimaalaisten ja kansainvalisten ymparistojarjestojen 
tukea liene vahatteleminen. Hiilivoimalahankkeessa mukana oleminen ei 
myoskaan oikein sopinut vihreampaa imagoa etsivalle Fortumille.

Tyo taalla koko tarpeettoman voimalahankkeen torjumiseksi kuitenkin jatkuu, 
silla Fortumin ja amerikkalais-hongkongilaisen CEPA:n tilalle investoijiksi 
UPDC:n hankkeeseen ovat lupautuneet singaporelainen ja japanilainen yhtio. 
Nyt kaikki investoijat ovat aasialaisia. Aasialaiset yhtiot eivat 
perinteisesti ole olleet yhta herkkia kuuntelemaan paikallisvaeston ja 
ymparistojarjestojen huolia kuin kilpakumppaninsa lansimaissa.

Ohessa eilinen Fortumin lehdistotiedote seka The Nationin artikkeli. 
Nationin artikkelissa on pari pienta asiavirhetta: Sepa kuuluisi olla Cepa 
(Consolidated Electric Power Asia) ja mellakat olivat Prachuapissa 
joulukuussa 1998, ei 1997.

Eravoittoa tuuletellen,
Timo Kuronen

*****

21.2.2000
FORTUM K?YNNIST?? LOPULLISET NEUVOTTELUT OSUUTENSA
MYYMISEKSI HIN KRUTIN HIILIVOIMALAHANKKEESSA THAIMAASSA

Fortumin tyt?ryhti? Fortum Power and Heat Oy on p??ssyt neuvottelutulokseen 
osakeosuutensa myynnin kaupallisista ehdoista Hin Krutin 1400 MW:n 
hiilivoimalahankkeessa. N?in ollen Fortum k?ynnist?? lopullisten 
kauppasopimusten allekirjoitukseen t?ht??v?t yksityiskohtaiset neuvottelut 
siirt??kseen omistuksensa projektia kehitt?v?ss? Union Power Development 
Company (UPDC) -yhti?ss? kokonaisuudessaan singaporelaiselle ostajalle, joka 
jatkaa hankkeen kehitt?mist? muiden UPDC:n osakkaiden kanssa. Lopullinen 
kauppa vaatii mm. Thaimaan viranomaisten hyv?ksynn?n.

Thaimaan hallituksen k?ynnist?m??n Independent Power Production
-ohjelmaan kuuluvan hankkeen kehittely jatkuu julkisella kuulemisella,
joka on sovittu pidett?v?ksi viel? helmikuun aikana.

Fortum on luopumassa hankkeesta osana strategiaansa keskitt?? merkitt?vimm?t 
investoinnit Pohjois-Eurooppaan. Jatkossa Fortum keskittyy Aasian 
voimantuotantohankkeissa korkean hy?tysuhteen s?hk?n ja l?mm?n 
yhteistuotantolaitoksiin (CHP), joissa hy?dynnet??n koko konsernin 
osaamista.

Fortumilla on Thaimaassa osuus teollisuudelle h?yry? ja s?hk?? tuottavasta 
voimalasta sek? rakenteilla toinen vastaava laitos. Molemmat perustuvat 
maakaasun k?ytt??n. Fortum jatkaa toimintaansa Aasiassa t?m?n tyyppisiss? 
hankkeissa Thaimaan lis?ksi mm. Kiinassa, jossa kaksi hanketta on 
parhaillaan kehitteill?. Lis?ksi Fortum on aktiivinen mm. biomassaan 
perustuvan voimalaitosteknologian sek? voimalaitosp??st?jen 
puhdistusteknologian vienniss? Aasiassa.

Lis?tietoja:
Johtaja Matti Kangas, Fortum Power and Heat Oy, puh. 010 45 32004
Aluejohtaja Matti Castren, Fortum Power and Heat Oy, puh. +66 1 822 3002

*****


The Nation, February 21, 2000
Kamol Sukin

OPPOSITION FORCES TWO INVESTORS TO PULL OUT OF HIN KRUT PLANT

The two main investors in the controversial Hin Krut power plant have 
withdrawn from the project after protracted opposition from local groups and 
international environmental activists.

The unexpected move comes just five days before a public hearing on the 
project, to be held on Thursday and Friday.

Finland-based company Fortum Power and Heat Oy, and the US-based Sepa 
company recently confirmed their withdrawal from the Hin Krut project to 
Friends of the Earth, an international environmental group, according to a 
reliable source.

Each had committed itself to a 28-per-cent stake in the project-developer, 
Union Power Development Corporation (UPDC).

UPDC was shared by four main investors including Thai energy company Union 
Energy (10 per cent), Japanese Tomen Corporatioon (34 per cent), and Fortum 
and Sepa (28 per cent each) for its total financial support of Bt46 billion.

However, a UPDC official said that the company has succeeded in finding new 
investors to replace Fortum and Sepa.

The two new investors are a Singaporean energy company and a Japanese energy 
corporation.

The Hin Krut project is for a 1,400-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Ban 
Krut subdistrict of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. The project is under the 
Thai government's Independent Power Producer policy to privatise the energy 
sector.

The project has been opposed by local villagers and Bangkok-based 
environmental groups for almost three years since a violent protest 
involving a blockade of the Southern Highway in the province was staged on 
Dec 9, 1997.

Opponents of the project in Thailand received widespread support from 
international groups as part of a campaign to stop polluting technology and 
reduce the release of global-warming gases.

The local villagers had several times petitioned the governments of the 
foreign investors through the American and Finnish embassies in Bangkok, 
asking them to pressure the companies to review their support from the 
project.

The Ban Krut Environmental Group yesterday issued a press release thanking 
the two governments and the investors for taking their objections seriously.

"We hope the other governments all over the world will take this great 
example to be the norm when they invest abroad and there is local opposition 
for worthwhile reasons," said Jintana Kaewkhao, a leader of the local 
opponents of the Hin Krut project.

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday and Friday to settle the conflict 
over the Hin Krut power plant caused by local and national opposition to the 
project.

However, officials from several state agencies said the hearing should be 
postponed since there were many aspects of the issue yet to be resolved.

The project's environmental impact assessment has been objected to by the 
Science Ministry's Office of Environmental Policy and Planning.
(ends).

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