PTT plc, formerly known as the Petroleum Authority of Thailand, on Oct. 16 appealed an injunction by the country's Central Administrative Court that ordered government agencies and state-owned firms to suspend investment in 76 industrial projects in Rayong Province, south of the capital.
PTT has 25 projects with a total investment of 130 billion baht ($3.9 billion) in the province's Map Ta Phut industrial park that have been suspended because of the order.
Prajya Phinyawat, chief operating officer for PTT's Downstream Petroleum Business Group, said the appeal will emphasize that PTT has operated in compliance with all rules, regulations and international standards in implementing its projects.
According to Prajya, PTT has emphasized the well-being of people living around Map Ta Phut by supporting and promoting health- improving activities.
For the past 10 years, a routine health checkup of 3,000 employees of PTT Group in Map Ta Phut yielded no result of abnormality especially cancer, he said in a statement.
Prajya said all 25 PTT projects had received environmental-impact assessment approval. He said allowing the projects to move forward will result in improvements to the local environment through reduced use of energy, water, chemicals, and pollution.
For example, a production facility for fuel would help reduce volatile organic compounds released in car exhaust, Prajya said.
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