Koh Kood and Koh Mak have left the dark days behind after the finally being hooked up to the National Electricty Grid.
Up until yesterday, visitors to the the two islands have probably been blissfully unaware that all their electricity demands were met through two archaic generators. If out and about exploring, they might well have spotted (and heard) them, with Koh Mak’s beast near the police station in Ao Nid and Koh Kood’s in the center of the island near to the hospital. Both have served the islands’ inhabitants and resorts admirably, but their day had come, as ever increasing numbers of tourists and businesses stretched their capabilities to the limit, resulting in more and more blackouts.
As of 4/8/15, all that should change as the switch was flipped on a 50km underwater cable which connects Koh Kood and Koh Mak to the mainland Grid. The cable, the direct result of a 1.4 billion budget approved back in 2012, runs across from Klong Yai near the Had Lek border with Cambodia and it is slated to meet the islands’ electricity demands for the next 30 years. Power outages will not completely disappear, the district’s frequent storms will ensure that, but resorts and homes will have a continuous, reliable and safer supply than before.
This of course will attract considerably more investment into the islands, so in turn their development is likely to accelerate. Expect to see the imminent arrival of 7/11 and perhaps Tesco Lotus on one or both in the not too distant future.