Now that the Huay Kon immigration checkpoint and customs station
has been removed, what will be done next?
The removal and the reconstruction of the Huay Kon immigration checkpoint and customs station are not under the direct responsibility of the Hongsa Power
Plant project, but of the transportation operator. Currently, as far as we know,
the transportation operator is coordinating with relevant authorities for
There is a concern that repeated trips of heavy transportation would
negatively affect the way of life of the locals. How will HPC prevent or
alleviate such effects?
- As part of heavy transportation management, the highway police as well as
local traffic police officers will be on hand to monitor and facilitate traffic flow,
to avoid incidents and congestion. In the community, the transportation will
talk place only during the night, where there is very light traffic. In addition, the
driving speed is limited to a maximum of 35 kilometers per hour.
- The transportation testing initially indicated that no damage to establishments
along the routes had occurred. However, when the actual transportation takes
place, if buildings and properties are found to be damaged as a result, HPC, the
project’s contractor, and the transportation operator will consider the complaints
and be responsible for appropriate compensation.
What will HPC do upon receiving reports on road or bridge damage due to
the project’s heavy transportation?
The Company has placed great emphasis on preventing any damages from the
project’s heavy transportation. We, therefore, selected ‘Siam Yew Choon
Company Limited’ – an experienced specialist in heavy transportation – to be
the project’s contractor. Vehicles used are specifically designed to transport
heavy loads, but not exceeding the maximum allowable weight specified by the
Department of Highways.
However, if a road surface or a bridge is damaged due to the project’s heavy
transportation, HPC and the project’s contractor will repair and restore the road
surface or the bridge as necessary to allow the safe flow of traffic.
The construction of the Hongsa Power Plant has caused more truck traffic
in Nan province, thus leading to heavier traffic flow and congestion. What
is HPC’s plan to alleviate this problem?
- Heavier traffic is partially a result of the cross-border trade expansion between
Thailand and Lao PDR, and partially by heavy transportation for the construction
of the Hongsa Power Plant project.
- Realizing such problem, the Nan Governor appointed the Traffic Management
Committee to oversee and manage traffic flow from Wiang Sa district to Chalerm
- As for HPC’s attempts on this issue, we have coordinated with the project’s
transportation contractors, admonishing them to strictly adhere to traffic rules
and regulations, as well as speed limits. In addition, we also work closely with
relevant authorities in developing plans for appropriate transportation routes and
Will ground and building vibration, caused by heavy transportation, pose
negative impacts on establishments in Nan province – such as houses,
roads, bridges, and significant attractions like ‘Thong Noi Palace’? Does
HPC have specific measures to mitigate such impacts?
Equipped with special technology that effectively transmits weight to the road
according to the limits of the law, and with low speed driving; vehicles
used for heavy transportation could not cause ground and building vibration that
damages establishments along the road. In addition, the transportation of
materials will take place at night where there is very light traffic, with a facilitating
team and an emergency relief team on stand-by at all potential risk areas for
How are the heavy equipment and building materials transported for the construction of the Power Plant?
The transportation of heavy equipment and building materials into the project
area is conducted by experienced contractors in specialized transportation. HPC
also monitors and supervises their operations closely, to ensure the least
possible impact on motorists and commuters. In addition, the Company provides
road surface repairs and maintenance, for the sake of road safety and a smooth