Fifteen companies have submitted proposals totalling 17 000 MW in the latest round of independent power producer licensing in Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post.

The companies are competing to supply 3200 MW to Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the country’s main power generator. Selection criteria will focus on advanced generation technology, budgets and environmental impact, according to Thailand’s Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO).

Thailand has requested proposals for new generating capacity in order to meet rising energy demand in the country. The first round of IPP license bidding was held in 1994 and attracted 89 participants for a total requirement of just under 6 GW.

Some of the bidders are companies that took part in the 1994 licensing round while others are new to the Thai energy sector. The licenses in the latest round will be for the supply of energy to Egat starting between 2012 and 2014.

Egat’s two large SET-listed affiliates, Egco Group and Ratchaburi Holding, participated in the bidding along with Glow Group, Thai Oil plc and Hemaraj Land and Development plc. Other participants include Amata Corporation, Loxley, Italian-Thai Development plc and Gateway Industrial Park plc as well as Toyota, Sumitomo and Kansai Electric of Japan.