Coal power central to gov’t energy plans

Myanmar’s energy sector will require investment of between US$30 billion and $40 billion over the next 15 to 20 years, and should focus on coal power, according to the government’s Energy Master Plan, published last month. Domestic energy consumption is forecast to almost double to 21.9 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2030 from […]

Officials seek to calm investor concerns at conference

Campaigning is now under way ahead of the November 8 election, and business are wary of political considerations which may affect their plans in Myanmar. Government ministers and senior advisors have sought to downplay these concerns, likening the vote to just another sea to be crossed, and pointing to the country’s long-term potential. U Zar […]

Myanmar expects a more vibrant post-election economy

Foreign investors are being wooed to invest more in Myanmar to take advantage of the country’s Asean membership and geographic location, which should enhance its attractiveness after the election in November. “By the end of this year, the Asean Economic Community will be launched. That means our market will be tenfold bigger. We are also […]

Coal power projects to be delayed

All of Myamar’s planned coal-fired power projects are likely to be delayed beyond the general election, which is set to be held on November 8, according to officials. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 11 coal-fired power plants was signed between the Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) and local and international private companies in 2010, […]

Kyaukphyu bidders come from China

The ongoing tender to build portions of Kyaukphyu special economic zone has attracted interest almost entirely from Chinese firms. Of the total 12 companies that have so far entered bids, 11 are from mainland China and the other one is a local company, according to a businessperson close to the situation. The Bid Evaluation and […]

Myanmar’s oil and gas boom fuels services scramble

YANGON — As economic and political changes brewed in Myanmar four years ago, Yadana Su Hlaing decided it was time to return home after a decade studying and working overseas to help run Smart Technical Services, the Yangon-based oil and gas support services company founded by her father, K.K. Hlaing. Her timing could not have […]