Hydropower threatens peace in Myanmar — but it doesn’t have to

Myanmar faces a critical moment for investment decision-making. The Barack Obama administration’s move to lift sanctions on the Southeast Asian country has opened up new opportunities. But the moves that are made today will send political and economic ripples into the future, and the international community must act responsibly. China wants to finance a 3,600-megawatt […]

Myanmar’s toxic legacy of large dams

The country’s first strategic environmental review provides a chance to demand more from investors and dam builders, but is still being seen as too little, and leading to fierce resistance by marginalised communities. In September spectacular drone footage revealed the beauty of the waterfalls, rapids, ancient temples and islets of the Nam Pang River, a […]

2017 EITI Report Aims for Full Membership

Myanmar submitted its first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report at the beginning of January which included reports on the oil and gas, jade, gems and mineral sectors. Hydropower sector will be included in the 2017 EITI Report, according to Myanmar EITI. Myanmar currently stands as a ‘candidate country’ within International EITI and Myanmar’s inclusion […]

Myanmar targets 17-fold rise in coal-fired power by 2030

THE southern part of Myanmar is being eyed for new coal-fired power plants, in line with the country’s electricity-generation master plan that will boost the coal-fired power ratio 17-fold by 2030. Aye Min, deputy director for thermal power planning, told the “Myanmar Electric Power Convention” last Thursday that most hydropower projects were located in the […]

APR Engery’s Kyaukse power plant project extended through 2016

APR Energy plc, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announced today that its 102MW project in Myanmar has been extended through 2016, with financial terms similar to those in the initial agreement, according to statement from the company on 17 November. The original contract for the plant, signed in February 2014, was the first […]

Scramble for electricity will increase Myanmar’s reliance on imported coal

Myanmar has long struggled to provide electric power to its citizens, but a push to electrify the country in the next 15 years under the National Electrification Program has led to the drafting of a plan that pushes the boundaries of realism. Under the program, the Ministry of Electric Power (MEP) plans to raise the […]

World Bank’s US$100 million credit to Myanmar continues hydroelectric infrastructure development in Irrawaddy River Basin

Some of the 20 planned hydropower plants for Myanmar (formerly Burma), which is located in South East Asia, will be constructed within the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady in Burmese) River Basin, according to the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP). Myanmar has numerous hydroelectric projects in development, but last […]

Myanmar urged to develop hydropower

Myanmar has enormous hydropower potential of up to 100,000 megawatts and the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Hydropower Association (IHA) are helping Myanmar develop a more sustainable hydropower sector, according to the WBG’s report. Myanmar has enormous hydropower potential of up to 100,000 megawatts, around 30 times the currently installed capacity of 3,500 […]

Norwegian Firm to Help Develop Hydropower in Myanmar

Norconsult has recently signed a new contract with the Norwegian Water and Energy Directorate (NVE) and will provide in-house consultants work to the Ministry of Electric Power in Myanmar, the Norway-based company said. The firm will assist the ministry in performing a feasibility study of a new 100-150MW hydropower plant. The project, which will be […]

Myanmar plans 41 new power plants in 15 years

Myanmar has mapped a 15-year power development plan to meet increasing demand, setting its sights on boosting capacity from 4,581 megawatts to over 29,000MW in 2031. According to Myint Oo, director at the Ministry of Electric Power, the plan will shift Myanmar’s focus from hydropower to other energy sources, including coal, natural gas, solar, and […]