Sumitomo wins order for thermal power generation facilities in Myanmar

Sumitomo Corp. has won a 5 billion yen (about $41.4 million) contract to construct two thermal power generation facilities in Myanmar with a combined output of 50 megawatts (25 megawatts each).

The contract was awarded by the Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise, a state-owned power provider under the supervision of the Ministry of Electric Power, the Tokyo-based major trading house said on March 6.

On the same day, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. (MHPS) also said that it will deliver a gas turbine and a generator to each of the two facilities through Sumitomo, which is also in charge of the procurement of equipment.

MHPS, headquartered in Yokohama, said the turbine to be delivered will be the highly efficient H-25 gas turbine, which is expected to drastically reduce fuel consumption and, therefore, decrease carbon dioxide emissions.

The two thermal power generation facilities will be constructed on a site next to the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, about 23 kilometers southeast of the central part of Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar.

The No. 1 and No. 2 facilities are scheduled to start operations in March and July 2016, respectively. They will supply electricity to the economic zone and also to Yangon.

Some estimates show that demand for electric power in Myanmar will quintuple by 2030 due to the country’s rapid economic development.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

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