Yangon Used 1,250MW Electricity Last Year

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Yangon Region used 1,250 megawatts of power last fiscal year, according to Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation’s chairman Maung Maung Latt.

“This year’s consumption might be as high as 1,400 megawatts. So far, the region has used 1,162 megawatts this year. We won’t be able to produce enough electricity at this rate,” he added.

Yangon Region accounts for up to 50 per cent of the country’s power consumption. The ownership ratio between the government and the private sector in the electricity sector is 51:49, Dr Tun Naing, deputy minister for electricity and energy, told a forum at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Yangon.

During the last five years, power consumption has increased by 16 per cent a year while many villages have no access to electricity and frequent power cuts happen. An estimated 65 per cent of households have no access to electricity. Tun Naing said the country might use up to 3,500 megawatts in this year’s hot season.

Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region’s minister for electrical power, industry and transport, said the regional government will draft an action plan for power consumption and submit it to the Parliament by the end of March.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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