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Minbu solar power project commences in time for summer 2019

A 170MW solar power plant in Minbu Township, Magwe Region, will start producing electricity in time for summer next year, said U Lin Naing Oo, business development department general manager of GEP (Myanmar) Co Ltd.

The Thailand-based company is investing US$297 million in the solar project, which is Myanmar’s first. Electricity generated from the plant will be linked to 230-kV transmission lines and supply power to the national grid.

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has signed a power purchase agreement with GEP (Myanmar) to purchase electricity from the company at K150 per unit, said U Lin Naing Oo.

Currently, construction work is being carried out at the site of the plant, will be built in four phases, starting with 40MW in the first phase, he added.

Separately, Synergy Business Development Co Ltd (SBD), a local firm, together with its foreign partner have submitted a proposal to construct a 200MW solar power plant Meiktila Township, Mandalay Region to the MOEE, said U Lin Naing Oo, managing director of SBD.

If approved, construction of the plant will commence in 2020.

The MOEE is aiming to generate 8 percent of the country’s electricity through renewable sources of energy by 2021. By 2025, the target is for 12pc of all electricity generated in Myanmar to be renewable.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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