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Gov’t to Buy Electricity from China to Cover Shortfall

YANGON—The Myanmar government plans to buy 1,000 MW of electricity from a Chinese state-owned enterprise to meet an expected electricity shortage over the next two years. Myanmar, which already has Southeast Asia’s lowest rate of access to electricity, has recently been plagued by regular power blackouts due to water shortages at hydropower plants following severe […]

In jungles of Myanmar, sin city looks to a better future

Upon cruising on its wide, well-paved streets, the first question that enters a visitor’s mind is whether the city is still part of Myanmar. Past the lush green mountains where the concrete roads snake through the hinterlands, past what seems like never-ending rice fields, lies the concrete jungle of Mine Lar city, popularly known as […]

A Renewable Vision for Myanmar

Myanmar continues to experience a rapid increase in economic activity as it transitions into an open market system. With that, power demand continues to increase—for modern amenities like air conditioning and power for industrial factories. This is especially true in the economic hubs of Yangon and Mandalay. In the last few weeks it has come […]

Myanmar has an energy problem

Ever since Myanmar undertook a series of political, economic and administrative reforms in 2011, the country’s economy has steadily improved. According to data from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Myanmar is enjoying some of the highest growth rates in the region. The ADB predicts that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by eight […]

President’s €35.7M Hydropower Loan Plan Presented to Union Parliament

Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy U Tun Naing presented President U Win Myint’s proposal to obtain €35.7 million (60 billion kyats) in loans from the French Agence Française de Développement (AFD), to be used for major repairs on five hydropower plants throughout Myanmar, to the Union Parliament on Tuesday. The ministry said that hydropower […]

Local hydropower association goes independent

The Myanmar Hydropower Developer’s Association (MHDA), led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has now become an independent Myanmar-registered group promoting sustainable work in the country’s hydropower sector, it announced on Wednesday. Founded in 2016 as the Hydropower Developers’ Working Group, MHDA is a platform where hydropower firms and related professionals are able to support […]

Myanmar dam project shouldn’t be politicized

Non-governmental organizations, political parties, and environmental experts from every state and region in Myanmar have been invited to come together in opposition to the China-financed Myitsone Hydropower Dam project, Frontier Myanmar magazine reported. So far, only 44 percent of households in Myanmar have access to electricity. Addressing a nationwide power shortage, Myanmar’s government has set […]

Myanmar wins award for research on biomass production

The Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University was selected among participants from 182 countries as this year’s winner of the Energy Globe Award in Japan. Myanmar’s research presented the concept, design and construction of the device for thermogravimetric measurements alongside the results from tests carried out on wood pellets. The main objective is to study the viability […]

IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone

A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector. The final version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector, supported by the energy and environment ministries and authored by the International Finance Corporation, has been published. The SEA involved a range […]

VPower’s Myingyan plant to start operation next year

Hong Kong-listed VPower Group inked a deal with the government to operate a rental power project in Mandalay Region. The company signed a power purchase agreement with the Ministry of Electricity and Energy’s Electric Power Generation Enterprise to run a 90MW gas engine power plant in Myingyan for five years. The company said it plans […]