MOEP Eyes to Provide Electricity to 230,000 More Households by 2017

The Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) said it will provide electricity to roughly 230,000 more households in the country by 2017. “We are implementing this according to National Electrification Plan. The goal for each year is stated in the plan and we are trying to follow through,” U Aung Ko Ko, director from the Ministry […]

Govt Defends Plan to Ramp-Up Reliance on Coal

RANGOON — The government intends to push ahead with plans to increase Burma’s reliance on coal-fired power plants to 33 percent of the country’s total generating capacity by 2030, according to a deputy minister from the Ministry of Electric Power. Aung Than Oo, the deputy minister, said on Wednesday that due to projected steady growth […]

Diving for treasured coal in Myanmar

Yangon – Gripping a rubber hose between his teeth that will be his lifeline, Than Hlaing takes a last gulp of relatively untainted air before plunging into the murky gloom of the fast-flowing Yangon River in Myanmar’s main city. Lashed with weights to help him dive straight down, the 40-year-old peers through the heavily silted […]

Cronies & Coal

YANGON- Cronies have been granted hydropower projects on Ayeyawady and Thanlwin Rivers including the Myitsone dam without public notice. Moreover, 23 firms including cronies’ companies were granted hydropower projects and they were also allowed to generate and distribute power in 84 townships across the nation. The tycoons also received the green light to build natural […]

Power shortages hold Myanmar back

The recent protests in Yangon against a hike in electricity charges have shed some light on Myanmar’s serious power crisis. In the past three years Myanmar has witnessed the suspension of the Chinese-invested Myitsone dam project, mass demonstrations against blackouts in big cities like Yangon and Mandalay, and protests against the rate rise. Electricity is […]

Cheap Coal Tipped to Fuel Energy-Starved Myanmar

Burma’s future electricity needs are more likely to be fueled by coal than the oil and gas believed to be sitting beneath the seabed in offshore territorial waters, energy experts predict. Coal is rapidly becoming the fuel of choice for companies investing in new power-generating plants across the 10 Asean member states because of cost […]