Yangon, Mon Power Plants to Come Online in ’18

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Two new power plants in Yangon Region and Mon State with a combined capacity of 226 megawatts will start power distribution in 2018, U Htay Aung, the deputy permanent secretary for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, said Thursday.

The Yangon power plant in Thaketa township has a capacity of 106 megawatts and the Mon power plant in Thadon township has a capacity of 120 megawatts, U Htay Aung said.

“The energy generated from the plants will connect to the national grid so that we can reduce electricity demand gap,” he said in a news conference at the ministry.

The Thadon power plant, which began construction by China Energy Engineering Group Co. Ltd in January last year, is 85 percent complete. The plant would augment the energy supply in Mon and Kayin states, according to U Htay Aung.

The Thaketa plant, a joint project of the Electric Power Generation Enterprise and U-Energy Thaketa Power Company of China through a power purchase agreement signed on March 20, 2016, is 80pc complete.

The plant is expected to boost the power supply in Yangon Region, the country’s economic capital.

The ministry said that to boost efficiency, it conducted various maintenance and repair work at feeder and substations in Mandalay Region, replaced old meter boxes, affixed seals to meter boxes, inspected transformers, and intensified operations against power theft.

The ministry was expected to produce a total of 3450MW of electricity in 2018.

Currently, the ministry was upgrading its distribution system so that it can raise electricity prices, said U Htay Aung.

“We will try to improve our services, and after that, we will amend electricity prices,” said U Htay Aung.

The ministry introduced offsite meter reading using advanced metering infrastructure in Yangon Region’s Dawpon township in 2016. It announced last month the project will be expanded to South Okkalapa township and Shwe Paukkan in North Okkalapa township.

 

Source: Myanmar Times

 

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