Thepha power station is a proposed 2,200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Songkhla province, Thailand. Project plans include construction of a nearby deep sea port to import coal for the power station. . As of late 2014 the Thepha plan was at the public hearing stage, which was expected to be completed by the mid-2015. The background is as follows . The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) confirmed in 2014 that Thailand would build more coal -fired power plants to meet its energy needs since future supplies of natural gas are uncertain and renewable energy is expensive. Wiwat Chancherngpanich, Egat's assistant governor for power plant construction, said  that Thailand had no choice other than coal if it wants to strengthen energy production at a fair price because natural gas supplies are very uncertain since Myanmar, the country's main supplier, has a policy to reserve most natural gas for domestic use. At present, 68% of Thailand's electricity is produced from natural gas, 9% from coal power plants and the rest from other fossil fuels and renewable energy. The plan calls for 4,400 megawatts to be produced from coal power plants by 2030. This would increase reliance on coal-fired power plants from providing 9% of energy consumption at present to 12% in 2030. The first phrase of the plan calls for the construction of an 800-megawatt coal power plant in Krabi by 2019 (discarded by 2017) and a 2,200-megawatt coal power plant in Songkhla's Thepha district by 2025. Given the disastrous environmental and public health experience Thailand had with the Mae Moh lignite power plant in Lampang, EGAT understands the public's concern about the impact of coal power plants .Unlike the Mae Moh plant which uses lignite, EGAT says that the Songkhla plant will use high-grade sub-bituminous coal from Indonesia and South Africa, together with high technology to reduce nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide particle emissions into the atmosphere. . Later, in July 2015 the governor of Songkhla Province sent 1500 troops and police along with a razor wire barrier to block a protest from nearing the building where a two-day public hearing on the Thepha project was being held. However, a few hours before the public review was completed, 300 people gathered nearby to voice their opposition. The protestors said the two-day public review was held under tight security, and that Songkhla Governor Thamrong Chareonkul banned unauthorised groups from gathering around the venue - a move that the opponents believe was an effort to keep out those who disagreed.  After public hearing, the environmental and health impact assessment (EHIA) would enter its final stage.