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Banpu Public Company Limited
Founded16 May 1983 (1983-05-16)[1]
Key people
Chanin Vongkusolkit (Chairman of the board)[2]:15
ProductsCoal, Electricity
RevenueIncrease US$2,877 million (2017)[2]:10[3]
Increase US$234 million (2017)[2]:10[3]
Total assetsIncreaseUS$8,223 million (2017)[2]:10[3]
Total equityIncreaseUS$3,211 million (2017)[2]:10[3]
SubsidiariesBanpu Power

Banpu Public Company Limited is a power generation and coal mining company based in Thailand.

Power generation[edit]

Banpu Power Public Company Limited or Banpu Power (BPP) was established in 1996 (then named "Cogeneration PLC") as a subsidiary of Banpu PCL.[4] As of 2019 BPP is headed by CEO Sutee Sukruan. BPP's generating capacity as of early-2019 is 2,140 megawatts of power. Its goal is to expand that number to 4,300 MW by 2025. Renewable power projects account for 20 percent of BPP-generated electricity.[5]

Coal mining[edit]

It is the largest coal producer in Thailand[6] and also has coal mining operations in Indonesia and China, and coal-fired power generation operations in Thailand and China. Banpu plans also to invest in the Hong Sa lignite mine and power plant project in Laos.[7]

Banpu's main coal resources are in Indonesia (26 million tonnes), Australia (14 million tonnes), and China (4.7 million tonnes). It expects its sales to rise to 45 million tonnes in 2018, up from 42 million tonnes in 2017.[6]

Centennial Coal[edit]

In 2010 Banpu bought the Australian mining company Centennial Coal Company Ltd which operates five mines in New South Wales (NSW) supplying coal for export and approximately 40 percent of NSW's coal-fired electricity.[8] The company sells approximately 40 percent of its coal to export markets, primarily for use in power stations and steel mills in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Europe.[8]

Centennial Coal has been responsible for more than 900 pollution notices between 2000 and 2013 from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). In 2015 it was responsible for a major release of coal fines into the Wollangambe River and World Heritage listed areas of the Blue Mountains National Park.[9] Centennial Coal has been dumping mine effluent into the Wollangambe River for approximately 30 years, effectively killing large sections of it.[10] Between 2000-2015, Centennial's Clarence Colliery has been cited for more than 65 non-compliance breaches of its licence.[11] As of 2015, Centennial Coal has applied to extend the Springvale Mine, undermining swamps of "National Environmental Significance"[12] and dumping up to 50 million litres a day of mine effluent into the Coxs River which also flows through the Blue Mountains World Heritage area and into Sydney's drinking water catchments.[13]

Hong Sa Lignite[edit]

The Hong Sa Lignite project was founded by and belonged to Thai-Lao Lignite Co., Ltd. (TLL) and Hong Sa Lignite (Lao PDR) Co., Ltd. (HLL) pursuant to a concession from 1992-1994. In 2005, Banpu entered into a joint venture with TLL and HLL to develop the project, but this agreement was terminated in 2006. A UNCITRAL arbitration found that the Lao government illegally terminated TLL's and HLL's concession (awarding it to Banpu) and ordered Laos to pay US$57 million in damages plus interest. Laos is refusing to pay the award despite its clear agreement with TLL and HLL, its government policy for international arbitration, and despite participating fully.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "BANPU Company Summary". The Stock Exchange of Thailand. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Greener and Smarter; Annual Report 2017 (PDF). Banpu. 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "BANPU Public Company Limited". Stock Exchange of Thailand. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
  4. ^ "Corporate Profile". Banpu Power (BPP). Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  5. ^ Praiwan, Yuthana (2019-02-09). "BPP boss enjoys the privilege of pressure". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  6. ^ a b Praiwan, Yuthana (18 August 2018). "Banpu predicts strong coal price". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Banpu Power seeks partner for Lao plant". The Nation. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2008-03-09.
  8. ^ a b "About Us; Who we are". Centennial Coal. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Clean up progressing for Wollangambe". NSW EPA. New South Wales Environment Protection Authority. 2015-07-31. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  10. ^ Belmer, Nakia; Tippler, Carl; Davies, Peter J.; Wright, Ian A. "Impact of a coal mine waste discharge on water quality and aquatic ecosystems in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area" (PDF). Proceedings of the 7th Australian Stream Management Conference. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  11. ^ Tan, Monica (2015-06-05). "Coal miner's toxic wastes killing aquatic life in protected Blue Mountains river". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  12. ^ Muir, Keith. "The Perversion of National Heritage Protection Threatened heritage subversion—Centennial Coal's swamp scam". The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Court action to stop Springvale Mine polluting the Coxs River". The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd. Retrieved 4 January 2017.