Myanmar pushes for more hydropower projects

NAY PYI TAW, YANGON – The Ministry of Electric Power reiterated the necessity of hydropower projects, citing an increase in power demand. Htein Lwin, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Electric Power, said during the press conference to mark the government’s first 100 days in power in Nay Pyi Taw that there is a need that Myanmar […]

Yangon developers asked to provide own power

Developers in Yangon will have to install transformers to power new buildings that use more than 30 kilowatts of electricity, according to Yangon’s electricity supplier, which is hoping the measure will help reduce frequent blackouts across the city. In an August 12 announcement Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation said all developers applying for a Building Completion […]

The Key to Jumpstarting Myanmar’s Economy: Electricity

It’s no secret that the National League for Democracy (NLD) faces myriad challenges in improving Myanmar’s socioeconomic situation. In fact, its biggest challenge might be deciding which issues to address first. Led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD has made the peace process, which is aimed at ending decades of strife between the […]

Rangoon Chief Minister Attempts to Defuse Electricity Concerns

RANGOON — Rangoon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said on Tuesday that Burma’s commercial capital will continue to face blackouts in the coming months as attempts are made to address the city’s weak power cables and growing electricity demands. “We need to think about the long-term, sustainable reconstruction of underground cables that were weak in […]

Gas turbine in Thilawa SEZ to distribute power starting in May

THE construction of a natural gas turbine in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is over 89 per cent complete. The gas turbine is expected to distribute power starting in May. “A power supply of 20 megawatts was received from the government. A 50-megawatt gas plant has been built with the assistance of a JICA […]

Myanmar moves forward with 66-MW Maingwa hydroelectric project

Myanmar is moving forward with plans to build the 66-MW Maingwa hydroelectric project on Nantlway Creek in area controlled by National Democratic Alliance Army. Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) and special-purpose company, Shan State East Development Company Ltd., signed a contract on March 22 under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) system to implement the Maingwa project in […]

NLD leader’s next challenge: the bureaucracy

Staff in the four ministries soon to come under Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s management have welcomed her appointment, telling The Myanmar Times they hope she can accelerate administrative reforms in the civil service. But analysts and insiders have cautioned that she will face myriad challenges in cleaning up the bureaucracy and upholding promises of […]

Local resistance fails to halt Myeik coal-fired power plant

A local company says it will pursue plans to build a 50-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Tanintharyi Region once it has secured permission from Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), despite continuing opposition from the community. Beside Lut Lut village – 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) from Myeik – Than Phyo Thu Mining Company and Myeik Public Corporation […]

Trial phase of KNU hydropower dam to cost $1 million

IT is anticipated that $1 million will be used in the preliminary trial phase of a Karen National Union (KNU) construction of Baw Ka Hta hydropower dam project, located in Nyaunglebin district of Bago Region, says Saw Tar Doh Moo, the chair of the KNU central economic committee. As well as working to have a […]

Thai firm eyes paper mill contract extension

  THE Thailand-based Double A Public Co. Ltd held discussions with Ministry of Industry yesterday on the extension of its permit to operate a paper mill in Thabaung. Mr Yothin Dumnernchanvanit, managing director of the company, called on Union Minister for Industry U Maung Myint to discuss the paper mill, as well as the requirements […]