Can LNG fill Myanmar’s power gap?

As such, the government has identified electricity as its top priority. Under the Myanmar National Electrification Plan (NEP), it aims to achieve 100 percent electrification by 2030. This will involve achieving a total of 24,000 MW of electricity generating capacity, which, in turn, requires vast infrastructure investments in power sector. That’s because the 24,000 MW […]

Uber Offers Solution to Yangon Traffic

Uber Myanmar re­cently released a report by Roland Berger that advocates for the use of ridesharing in Yangon, detailing the positive impacts its could have on the city’s chronic traffic. Compiled by interview­ing over 4,700 riders and drivers, the report con­cludes that ride-sharing, or the use of private cars for the public good, es­sentially, the […]

US has opportunity to solve Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Unable to meet soaring domestic demand for energy, Myanmar’s government is said to have entered preliminary discussions over a deal to buy electricity from China. At the beginning of this month, sources close to the talks told Reuters that three state-owned Chinese companies had submitted proposals outlining how they could help Myanmar fill its widening […]

As the World Moves to Renewable Energy, Myanmar Will Follow

YANGON — The government has been pushing plans for coal-fired power plants to address Myanmar’s great need for electricity. Renewable energy expert Hans-Josef Fell talks about how Myanmar can develop its energy plan. Fell is a former parliamentarian in Germany and the current president of the Berlin-based Energy Watch Group. The Myanmar government has been […]

China-led AIIB plans to limit investment in coal power

In a bid to live up to its environmentally friendly values, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is planning to adopt strict limits to investment in coal power. Launched by China as a “lean, clean and green” lender to invest in infrastructure projects in Asia, the AIIB opened for business a year ago with 57 […]

MOEP Eyes to Provide Electricity to 230,000 More Households by 2017

The Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) said it will provide electricity to roughly 230,000 more households in the country by 2017. “We are implementing this according to National Electrification Plan. The goal for each year is stated in the plan and we are trying to follow through,” U Aung Ko Ko, director from the Ministry […]

Govt Defends Plan to Ramp-Up Reliance on Coal

RANGOON — The government intends to push ahead with plans to increase Burma’s reliance on coal-fired power plants to 33 percent of the country’s total generating capacity by 2030, according to a deputy minister from the Ministry of Electric Power. Aung Than Oo, the deputy minister, said on Wednesday that due to projected steady growth […]

Diving for treasured coal in Myanmar

Yangon – Gripping a rubber hose between his teeth that will be his lifeline, Than Hlaing takes a last gulp of relatively untainted air before plunging into the murky gloom of the fast-flowing Yangon River in Myanmar’s main city. Lashed with weights to help him dive straight down, the 40-year-old peers through the heavily silted […]

Cronies & Coal

YANGON- Cronies have been granted hydropower projects on Ayeyawady and Thanlwin Rivers including the Myitsone dam without public notice. Moreover, 23 firms including cronies’ companies were granted hydropower projects and they were also allowed to generate and distribute power in 84 townships across the nation. The tycoons also received the green light to build natural […]

Power shortages hold Myanmar back

The recent protests in Yangon against a hike in electricity charges have shed some light on Myanmar’s serious power crisis. In the past three years Myanmar has witnessed the suspension of the Chinese-invested Myitsone dam project, mass demonstrations against blackouts in big cities like Yangon and Mandalay, and protests against the rate rise. Electricity is […]