S Korea to Help Build Myeik Power Plant

The Myeik Public Corporation explained its plans to build a gas-fuelled power plant in partnership with the Korea-based KMPI Company in Kyunzu Township, Taninthayi Region, at a stakeholder meeting on Thursday.

The project would be a combined cycle power plant and cost US$565 million, according to Myo Aung, director of the corporation.

He said: “First we will supply electricity for Myeik District. If the main grid couldn’t cover the district by 2020, we would supply Dawei and Kawthoung districts. Before this stakeholder meeting, we held lesser meetings in each village. The villagers were happy about this project if they could enjoy electricity.”

The director pledged to initially distribute 150 megawatts of electricity to Pahtaw village, Kyunzu and Myeik townships. A unit of electricity will reportedly be sold at Ks150 (US$0.11) for 30 years.

The fuel for turbines will be imported from the US. Power lines will run undersea and overhead.

Po In, a resident of Kyunzu and veteran activist from 1988, said: “Our region needs electricity. We don’t accept coal-fuelled power plants though. If this project keeps its promise and fulfil our needs, we welcome it.”

He requested the project planners to follow environment-friendly methods and leave the Pothanlyat Ground on Katan Island as it is a landmark for the region.”

The construction of the project is due to start in February and is expected to conclude in 2020.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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