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Making Myanmar an energy powerhouse

Myanmar’s national electrification process is still on hold one year after the new administration took office. The replacement of the Minister of Energy in early August showed the priority given to energy, but the government still has much to do. Myanmar will have to decide on how to solve its chronic power shortage. There are […]

Thai firm signs 300MW solar deal

Yangon-based Won Toll signed an agreement for a 300-megawatt solar power project with Kamrai Panit from Thailand on May 18, said officials. The US$1 billion agreement will fund the solar power plant in Ayeyarwady Region to generate electricity to transmit to industries, said U Kunn Zaw Tun, chair of Won Toll. The figure is unusually […]

Local resistance fails to halt Myeik coal-fired power plant

A local company says it will pursue plans to build a 50-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Tanintharyi Region once it has secured permission from Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), despite continuing opposition from the community. Beside Lut Lut village – 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) from Myeik – Than Phyo Thu Mining Company and Myeik Public Corporation […]

Coal power central to gov’t energy plans

Myanmar’s energy sector will require investment of between US$30 billion and $40 billion over the next 15 to 20 years, and should focus on coal power, according to the government’s Energy Master Plan, published last month. Domestic energy consumption is forecast to almost double to 21.9 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2030 from […]