Seven new power plants that are expected to generate more than 1,000 megawatts of additional electricity are being built in Magwe, Shwetaung, Kyunchaung, Ahlone, Kyaukphyu, Thanlyin, and Thaketa, with the aim of fulfilling the projected increase in demand nationwide for electricity during the hot season.
Of the projects, five are being implemented under a tender and two of the projects, a 151.54MW power plant in Ahlone and a 20mw power plant in Kyunchaung being built by Chinese companies.
The other three projects, a 150MW plant in Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State, and a 350MW plant in Thanlyin, and a 400MW plant in Thaketa, both in Yangon Region, will generate electricity with imported liquefied natural gas.
V-Power Co, the Hong Kong-based winner of one of the tenders, work for the power project is on track, with work on infrastructure such as jetties for the docking of LNG-carrying ships, regasification units, pipelines to carry natural gas, and power transmission lines progressing rapidly in Thilawa, Yangon. A 66MW natural gas power plan in Magway has started operating.
The country’s power needs are increasing 15pc to 17pc per year with present power production totalling 3,566 MW. Yangon Region uses 50pc of the total at 1,436 MW and Mandalay Region comes second with over 500 MW. Minister of Electricity and Energy said power demand is expected to rise by 1,500 MW 2019-2020.
Source: Myanmar Times