Oil and Gas

Thai energy giant PTT increases renewable target, eyes EV venture

BANGKOK, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Thailand’s state-owned PTT Pcl is setting its sights on a future in electric vehicles (EV) and more renewable power, its top executive said on Tuesday.

“We have a new vision,” Auttapol Rerkpiboon said, laying out plans for growth and increasing its renewable power target to 12 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, from 8 GW previously.

“Energy has arrived at a point of change, moving more towards renewables, and fossil fuels are contributing to climate change - its time we adjust our vision.”

PTT also targets 9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year and reach 8 GW of electricity from conventional sources by 2030. It plans to have at least 30% of net income from new energy and business sources like EV, life science and logistics by 2030, Auttapol said.

In May it announced a partnership here with Taiwan's Foxconn on EV production.

PTT plans to invest $1 billion to $2 billion over the next five to six years in a facility to produce smart chassis for EVs, said senior executive for innovation, Noppadol Pinsupa.

It could become a regional export centre, he added, building on Thailand’s position as Asia’s fourth-largest autos assembly and export hub. Thailand is a production base for top carmakers, such as Toyota and Honda.

“The factory will be able to produce an EV and the smart chassis, the key technology in an EV that manages electricity,” CEO Auttapol said.

“Auto brands who have not developed this can order it from us.”

The company this year has also formed joint ventures in plant-based meats, pharmaceuticals and cloud computing to boost new business streams.

PTT's subsidiaries have invested here over $7.5 billion, mostly overseas, in chemicals, renewable power, biopolymers.

“There will continue to be investments at home and abroad,” Auttapol said, adding cashflow was sufficient, with room to borrow more. (Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Martin Petty)