Thailand buys water pumps from China and Japan to help with floodingNovember 04, 2011
Thai officials are hoping that pumps they've purchased from China and Japan will speed water drainage in flooded industrial areas and help keep many of the country's factories up and running again.
Suthep Liamsiricharoen, director of the Ministry of Energy’s Energy Policy and Planning Office, said the agency ordered 140 pumps from China and 120 from Japan, Thai news organizations reported this week. Some of the water pumps have already arrived and the rest will be delivered by Nov. 20.
Thailand's oil and gas conglomerate PTT and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand paid for the pumps, which cost Bt30 million. The Chinese pumps can drain 450 to 500 cubic meters of water per hour, according to Suthep, while the Japanese pumps can move 240 cubic meters of water per hour.
The drainage project will start next week. One million cubic meters of water is expected to be pumped out of the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya over a ten day period.