Gas-fired plant in Kyaukse to be built

A 145-megawatts natural gas-fired power plant will be built in Kyaukse of Mandalay Region, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.

The gas-fired power plant will be implemented within Baelin 230 kV substation by Powergen Kyaukse Company Limited. 18MW gas engines for the power plant, purchased from Wartsila Company, arrived to Ahlone international port in Yangon on September 1, and inspections were carried out by Dr Tun Naing, deputy electricity and energy minister.

The ministry issued a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) to the company for the construction of the power plant during the first week of May 2018.

Currently, Powergen Kyaukse Company Limited has already cleared the land for the project and started performing civil works to install the gas engines. If the plant is completed, Mandalay Region will be able to consume more electricity, according to the ministry.

The Wartsila order has been issued by SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co. Ltd. (SEPCOIII), the China-based EPC contractor for the project and one of the major international power construction companies.

The order was booked in the second quarter this year. Wartsila said this is the first energy solutions contract in Myanmar. The firm supported the two project sponsors, National Infrastructure Holding Co. Ltd. (NIHC) and Myanmar Chemical and Machinery Co. Ltd. (MCM), who were together the successful bidders for a tender by the ministry.

In comparison with other regions and states, Mandalay has more natural gas-fired power plant projects. In Myingyan township, other natural gas-fired power plant projects are also being implemented under foreign investment and with some plants already operational.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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