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Banpu is a pioneering Asian energy company, operating business in coal, power generation, and integrated energy sectors. The Company has over 30 years of accumulated experience in the domestic and international coal industry. It operates coal and coal-related businesses – ranging from investment, exploration and development, to production of both thermal and coking coal. Our expertise lies in open-pit and underground coal mining operations. With an extensive expertise in the power businesses, the Company aims to establish sustainable power generation, including the development of Smart Energy Solution to enhance future energy security.   
At present, we have business bases in ten countries; Thailand, Indonesia, China, Australia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Singapore, Japan, the United States of America and Vietnam.

Thailand & Laos


Although mining operations in Thailand are closed due to the depletion of coal reserves, Banpu has poured its expertise in coal exploration and production into business expansion and operations overseas. Being the pioneer of the private power plant development project in Thailand, and the first company to respond to Thailand’s power sector liberalization, Banpu has extensive experience developing successful power plant projects in the country. At present, the Company holds a 50% share in BLCP Power Limited, a 1,434MW coal-fired power plant in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, Rayong province.

The ‘Hongsa Power Plant’ project – a mine-mouth power plant in Hongsa District, Xayaburi Province in Lao PDR – is Banpu’s latest power plant development project in cooperation with Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company Limited (RATCH) and Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE), a state-owned enterprise of Lao PDR. The ‘Hongsa Power Plant’ project is now under construction, with commercial operations scheduled to start in 2015. Upon completion, the project would benefit both Thailand and Lao PDR – particularly in terms of power stability.

In addition, according to its long-term corporate strategy, Banpu continues to study and explore new energy possibilities – especially bio-energy, wind power and solar energy.



Banpu entered Indonesia’s coal industry in 1991 and, with its continuous growth, Indonesia has become one of Banpu’s significant production bases. Currently, PT. Indo Tambangraya Megah Tbk (ITM), Banpu’s subsidiary company listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, manages six coal mines in Kalimantan: Indominco, Jorong, Kitadin-Embalut, Kitadin-Tundung Mayang,Trubaindo, and Bharinto. These mines produce a range of bituminous and sub-bituminous thermal coals suitable for both export and domestic consumption, with a total annual production capacity of around 30 million tonnes and an annual port handling capacity of 21 million tonnes. (For more details, visit



Banpu expanded its coal business into China in 2003, with its subsidiary, Banpu Investment (China) Company Limited (BIC), managing all operations (For more details, visit At present, the Company holds a 45% stake in Shanxi Gaohe Energy Company Ltd., which operates the Gaohe underground mine in Shanxi Province. The Gaohe mine started its commercial production in late 2012, and currently has an annual production of 6 million tonnes per annum from 2013 onwards. In addition, Banpu holds a 40% stake in Hebi Zhong Tai Mining Co., Ltd. (HZTM), which operates the Hebi mine in Henan Province with an annual production capacity of 1.4 million tonnes.

In 2006, Banpu expanded its investment into China’s power industry through BIC, which now operates and manages three Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants in northern China: Luannan and Zhengding in Hebei Province, and Zouping in Shandong Province. The three plants have a total power capacity of 248 megawatts and a steam capacity of 808 tonnes per hour.



To enhance growth, corporate value, and geographical diversification, Banpu wholly acquired Centennial Coal Company Limited (Centennial) in 2010. Centennial is a coal mining and marketing company, supplying thermal coal and coking coal to the domestic and export markets. It owns nine coal mines, both underground and open-pit, in the North and the West of New South Wales, with a total annual production capacity of around 19 million tonnes. (For more details, visit Banpu has continually placed emphasis on the synergies gained by enhancing operational performance, with efficiencies in production planning and coal reserve exploration.



In late 2011, Banpu successfully acquired Hunnu Coal Limited, a specialized company in coal exploration and mine development with around 15 sites of thermal and coking coal deposits in Mongolia. This acquisition opened up new business opportunities for Banpu, as Mongolia is rich in coal resources and has a rapidly developing infrastructure combined with a geographical advantage for export to nearby markets – including China.

Banpu continuted to focus on feasibility studies at the Tsant Uul (steam coal) and Altai Nuurs (metallurgical coal) concessions in 2013.  For the Tsant Uul project, Banpu has conducted a small pilot test with encouraging chemical yields.  A further pilot plant will be developed this year with market product tests and further economic viability analysis.  Subject to the on-going study, the objective will be to develop a commercial plant of around by next year.


Established in 2013 to manage commercial aspects of coal business of Banpu Group, including marketing, research, sales contracts, and logistics of over 45 million tonnes of coal as well as to centralized marketing of the Group's Indonesian and Australian coal.


Banpu Energy Services Japan Co.,Ltd. (BESJ) was stablished in 2014 to be co-operator on relevant investments of Banpu and support the Mega Solar Power Plant across Hokkaido to Kansai area, supplying the electricity to local community through Utilities. Mega Solar Plant is going to continuously generate the electricity in the area in 20 years under METI's FIT program as well as by the contract with Utilities.

United States of America


Banpu has commenced its new journey on gas business in Marcellus Shale in Northeast Pennsylvania in the U. S. since March 2016. This is a part of the Company’s strategy to diversify its portfolio in upstream business with lower emissions, which goes in line with “Banpu Greener & Smarter strategy” with the aim of becoming a integrated engery solutions company for the new era of energy. 

This gas business is compelling for us to expand further mainly because the location we are investing in, the Marcellus shale location, is the single largest gas supply source in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world.  Furthermore, the market opportunity is promising with 2.5% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) demand growth, driven by demand in the power sector and tight supply expected over the next 30 years.

Until now, Banpu has invested in six shale gas resources in the location with a total investment value of USD 522 million from a budgeted USD 500 million. Yet, these resources can generate 201 Million Cubic Feet Per Day (MMcfd) which achieved 2.6 times over our original target of 78 MMcfd in 5 years or 2020.  


Banpu Public Company Limited first launched its coal trading business in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 2015 with a wide array of business activities including marketing, customer service, research, sales contract, and logistics system. Vietnam’s demand for coal imports has been on the rise driven by increasing power consumption and economic growth.
In 2018, Banpu diversified into power business in Vietnam by establishing BPP Vinh Chau Wind Power Limited Liability Company (BPPVC) through investment of Banpu Power Public Company Limited, a subsidiary of Banpu Public Company Limited. The venture is responsible for investment and development of a wind power project in Soc Trang Province as well as a further feasibility study for other types of power plants. Banpu received an Investment Registration Certificate in July 2018 for the 80 MW wind power project which is expected to achieve commercial operation date between 2020 and 2021.
Vietnam is attractive to Banpu for power business investment because the country has enjoyed the highest GDP in the region with an average GDP annual growth of 6–7%, leading to rising power demands both in household and industrial sectors. Vietnam’s Power Development Plan also states the need to boost power generation capacity by focusing on the development of coal-fired powered and renewable-powered power generation, which is aligned with Banpu’s business direction.