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Myanmar rushes power plant projects to avoid more blackouts

Myanmar’s government is trying to address the country’s worsening power shortage, aiming to add 1,072 megawatts of new electricity generating capacity ahead of elections in late 2020. The move reflects concerns about growing public dissatisfaction over crippling power blackouts and price increases to help fund a string of power plant projects. The energy ministry announced […]

New Hydropower Developers’ Association to drive sustainability in Myanmar

A new industry association is launching in Myanmar to promote sustainable development in the hydropower sector. The Myanmar Hydropower Developers’ Association (MHDA) is an innovative platform for hydropower companies and industry professionals to support dialogue, influence sector policies, and improve environmental and social management practices and governance. The MHDA was founded in 2016 as the […]

Myanmar and China may have no choice but to scale back and move their troubled dam project

In late April, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visited Beijing to take part in the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. There China and Myanmar signed three bilateral cooperation agreements, discussed the extensive promotion of their relations and conducted constructive consultations on Myanmar’s peace process and stability in the border areas. […]

Myanmar to build LNG power stations to meet energy requirements in 2022

Myanmar is planning to start three liquefied natural gas (LNG) power projects and a combined cycle power project to meet energy requirements in 2022, said Union Minister Win Khaing of Electricity and Energy. “The ministry provided electricity to 30 per cent of households recent years and the supply will be up to 50 per cent […]

Great Hor Kham expands into hydropower, prepares for YSX listing

U Sai Ohn Myint, chair of the board of directors of Great Hor Kham Public Company, which will list on the Yangon Stock Exchange this year, isn’t too worried about trading volumes on the local bourse, which have all but collapsed since opening for business in early 2016. “I think investors will be able to […]

Gov’t plans three hydropower projects in Sagaing region

The regional government is planning to develop three hydropower projects in Homalin, Kani and Nanyon townships in Sagaing region under the guidance of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, said Than Nyunt Win, regional minister for electricity, industry and transport. The company that won a tender to conduct an assessment of the potential for electricity […]

Myanmar pushes for more hydropower projects

NAY PYI TAW, YANGON – The Ministry of Electric Power reiterated the necessity of hydropower projects, citing an increase in power demand. Htein Lwin, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Electric Power, said during the press conference to mark the government’s first 100 days in power in Nay Pyi Taw that there is a need that Myanmar […]

Upper Paunglaung hydropower project opened in Sittang River valley

Myanmar’s 140-MW Upper Paunglaung hydropower project officially opened this week in a ceremony that included officials from the country’s Minsitry of Electric Power and President U Thein Sein. Located in central Myanmar along the Paunglaung River, the $24 million plant will help meet the country’s demand for power, which is increasing about 15 percent per […]

IFC signs services agreement for hydroelectric development with Myanmar

World Bank Group member, International Finance Corp., in September signed an advisory services agreement with the government of Myanmar to help improve environmental and social risk management in hydropower projects, according a press release from the IFC. Myanmar has recently approved a new electricity law and is finalizing the procedures for environmental impact assessment. The […]

Myanmar incurs wrath of civic groups as hydropower solutions remain its main priority

MYANMAR’S Electric Power Ministry will go ahead with hydropower projects, the Minister for Electric Power, Industry, Science and Technology said last week amid reports of local resistance. Nyan Tun U told the Confexhub’s Myanmar Green Energy Summit that the government would fulfil its target to achieve universal electricity access by 2030. At present, only about […]