Minbu solar power plant construction begins

The Ministry of Electric Power and Energy has begun constructing the 170MW Minbu solar power plant in Magway Region. Upon completion, it will generate 350 Million Kilowatt Hours yearly and supply power to 210,000 households, a source at the Ministry of Electric Power and Energy said.

GEO (Myanmar) Co Ltd is now implementing the 170MW Minbu solar power plant on a basis of a build-operate-transfer (BOT) system. The project will be built in four stages, with 40MW installed in each of the first three stages.

The Ministry of Electric Power and Energy and GEO have already signed an agreement on power purchase. The 170MW Minbu solar power plant is the first-ever project in Myanmar, Win Khaing, Minister for Electric Power and Energy, said.

Monechaung, Kyeeohnkyeewa and Myittha hydropower plants and Khunchaung natural gas-fired power plant and Marn natural gas-fired power plant have been built in Magway Region.

Upon completion, the projects will generate 350 Million Kilowatt Hours yearly and supply power to 210,000 households in Magway Region. Surplus power will be sent to the national power grid. The surplus power will be distributed to the places of other regions that have difficult access to power. These projects run by the BOT will be implemented through foreign investment.

Power demand increases by 15 per cent yearly. The ministry expects that there will be 4,531MW in power consumption in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Now, the ministry is generating up to 3,189MW and still needs a further 1342MW to meet the requirement.

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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