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Yangon Region expects to need 1700MW of electricity this year

Electricity consumption in Yangon Region is expected to reach 1700 megawatts this year, said U Tun Kywe, CEO of the Yangon Electricity Supply Corp (YESC).

Yangon used 1548MW last year, which is expected to increase based on growth rates, historical data and new projects.

“There are many new and extended projects in Yangon. Electricity usage never decreases only increases, so preparations have to be made to meet the demand for electricity,” he said.

Preparations for an adequate supply in summer include grid line expansion, increasing the power transformers from main transformers from 10 to 20, expansion of 66 kilovolt-ampere (kVA) and 33kVA stations, and the installation of small transformers, he said.

There are also plans to install insulated 400-volt cabling in residential areas to improve the safe distribution of more electricity, he added.

“We are making sure that voltage is sufficient at the end of the grid. We are also improving the capacity of transformers so that we can provide electricity when more people use electricity simultaneously during hot weather,” he said.

Last May was a record high in terms of electricity consumption in Yangon compared with the same period in 2017, which was 1300MW. Based on records, electricity consumption tends to be highest in October, November and December, said U Tun Kywe.

In last year’s budget, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy requested K24 billion for YESC to provide sufficient electricity and expand coverage of the grid and K3.1 billion for lighting rural areas.

Yangon Region consumes 50 percent of Myanmar’s electricity generation. Myanmar’s electricity consumption is expected to reach more than 4500MW in 2020-21, said Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy U Tun Naing.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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