India’s Tata to develop coal power plant in Pathein

Myanmar information search service

Indian power producer Tata Power has reached an agreement with the government to build a new coal-fired plant in Ayeyarwady Region, officials said.

Deputy minister for electric power U Aung Than Oo told The Myanmar Times that the two sides had agreed in April in general terms on a contract to build at least one 660-megawatt plant in Nganyoutkaung, a sub-township of Pathein.

“A feasibility study has already begun,” he said. “I cannot say when it will be finished or how much investment it will require. That will be agreed on next.”

Although details are unclear, Tata has said it could build two 660-mw coal-fired plants in Myanmar that would become operational before 2020. The deal comes after the firm won a US$1.8 billion contract in June to build two 660-mw thermal power plants in Vietnam.

U Ko Ko Naing, a deputy chief engineer for Ayeyarwady Region, said that the first phase would probably include two turbines capable of generating 330 mw each.

“I think we will only get 500 megawatts of electricity from those turbines at first,” he said. “The power plant will be developed with clean coal technology, which has less of an environmental impact.”

When operational, the plant would consume coal imported from Indonesia through Pathein’s planned $5.5 billion deep-sea port, he said.

Sunil Seth, country representative for Tata Power in Myanmar, said the feasibility study being conducted near the Nganyoutkaung seaport would take between six and eight months to complete.

Source: Myanmar Times

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