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Myanmar’s stalled China-backed Myitsone dam project strained bilateral ties for years — now it could be scaled back or moved

A top Myanmar investment official on Tuesday suggested scaling back or relocating a stalled Chinese-backed hydropower project that has strained ties between the neighbours for nearly a decade. The suggestion follows a statement by the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar earlier this month that said civil society organisations in Kachin state supported the planned project. Hundreds […]

Deal signed for hydropower project

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has announced the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Upper Baluchaung hydropower project with Neo Energy Oasis Co Ltd, the builder of the project. The PPA was signed between Electric Power Generation Enterprise (EPGE), a unit of the ministry and Neo Energy Oasis on December 28. […]

Myanmar Gets First Foreign Investments for Power Projects in Fiscal Year Transition

YANGON — Myanmar has received its first foreign investments in the power supply sector in the transitional six-month fiscal period, which started on April 1, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). A gas-fired power plant will be built in Mandalay Region’s Singaing Township as part of a joint venture between China’s […]

A private company proposes to supply electricity in Myeik

A private company, South East Asia Energy and Electricity Company, has submitted a proposal to Taninthayi regional government to supply 60 megawatts of electricity generated from hydropower, solar power and fuel oil (FO), with an investment of more than US$60 million in Myeik district, sources said. The company intends to supply electricity generated from hydropower […]

AboitizPower eyeing hydropower project in Myanmar

(AboitizPower) is looking at exploring and developing a potential hydropower project in Myanmar, its president said on Wednesday. “We are still looking at hydro potential in Indonesia and we’re looking at Myanmar, too,” Antonio Moraza said, adding “our people” recently visited Myanmar. “We’re looking at starting at permits,” he said when asked how advanced the […]

Aust company under fire over Myanmar dam

AUSTRALIA’S Snowy Mountains Engineering Corp is facing mounting criticism over its role in a 7000 megawatt hydropower project in Myanmar. THE SMEC is undertaking environmental and social impact studies into the construction of the $US8 billion ($A11 billion) Mong Ton Dam, overseen by China’s Three Gorges Corp, in Myanmar’s eastern Shan State. SMEC’s efforts to […]

Heavy scrutiny on Chinese investments in Myanmar

YANGON: In Myanmar, opposition to Chinese-backed projects is mounting. Locals allege that Beijing is only interested in exploiting their natural resources, and new trade deals may lead to growing scrutiny over Beijing’s influence there. The suspended Myitsone dam development in northern Myanmar is just one example of how citizens have long been up in arms […]

Thai, Myanmar villagers fear being dammed by Salween hydropower project

 SOB MOEI (Thailand), Dec 4 — Tikuepor, an ethnic Karen from eastern Myanmar living on the Thai side of the Salween River, is one of thousands of people worried about losing everything if a multinational hydropower project goes ahead in this sensitive border area. A senior commander of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), which […]

In mountains near Nay Pyi Taw, a test case for hydropower sector

Villages, towns and cities are born for many reasons: Some develop as trading centres, while others spring up as a result of a gold rush. In Myanmar, many are agricultural communities, relying on the fertile fields around them to bring prosperity to residents. In the early 2000s, Nay Pyi Taw was built for strategic and […]

Myanmar to reap 10% from Thanlwin hydropower project

Local conglomerate IGE Company plans to sign a joint venture with Hydrochina Corporation to build a 1200 megawatt hydropower project on the Thanlwin River, according to the Ministry of Electric Power. The Naungpha hydropower project will eventually distribute 90 percent of the electricity to China while Myanmar will only receive 10 percent, over which it […]