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Three new substations boost national grid


With the official launching of three new substations on Saturday, Myanmar’s national electricity grid is now providing 50 percent of the country’s power needs, says Minister of Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing.

U Win Khaing was speaking during the official opening of the Tatkyigon substation in Hmawby Township, Kyuntawkon substation in Okekan Township, and the Aphyauk substation in Aphyauk Township. The three new substations are located in Yangon Region.

He said at the event that the priority of the current government has been to develop infrastructure, especially electricity and transportation.

“The government’s reformation of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy to fulfill the power needs of the country has proven successful, as the national grid now provides 50 percent of the country’s electricity, compared with just 34 pc in 2016,” U Win Khaing said.

Since 2016, the ministry has been using various energy resources to increase power generation to over 900 MW, improve distribution, and expanding electrification of rural areas, culminating in the opening of the three new substations that mark the increase in power generation, he added.

He said the government and the ministry intend to continue working to raise the country’s power generation to 55pc in 2021-2022, 75pc by 2025-2026, and the end goal of generating and distributing electricity to the whole country by 2030.

To achieve these goals, U Win Khaing said the government intends to build several power plants powered by liquefied natural gas capable of generating a total of 3000 MW.

Among them are the Kyaukphyu LNG power plant by Sinohydro Ltd of China and Supreme Group of Myanmar, Mee Laung Gyaing LNG power plant by Zhefu Holdings of China and Supreme Group, Kanbauk LNG power plant 1200 Total SA of France and Siemens AG of Germany, and and Ahlone LNG power plant by Toyo Thai Corp of Thailand

Currently, the country’s power plants are capable of generating 3798 MW, with half of the total used in Yangon Region alone.

The Ahlone 151 MW combined cycle power plant project, Thanlyin 350 MW LNG power plant, and Thakayta 400 MW LNG power plant are now under construction and expected to be completed by May 2020 to fulfil the power needs of Yangon Region.

Source: Myanmar Times

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