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Myanmar’s Energy Prospects, Emergency Tenders and Renewables

Katie Patterson of Myanmar Energy Monitor talks to The Myanmar Times about the impact of Myanmar’s electricity tariff hikes, next year’s blackout risks, the potential of renewables and the sector’s investment prospects The Myanmar government has put in place the National Electrification Plan to achieve 100 percent electrification by 2030, but implementation is behind schedule, […]

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 […]

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’s Solar Lifeline

It is easy to forget how small changes can sometimes reap the most dramatic benefits. Take the humble fridge. What was once a marvel of technological prowess, has become standard fare. To many in the western world, that is. To those living off the beaten track, off the grid, up in the dusty red Burmese […]

MOEE to Provide 3,600 MW of Additional Power in Four Years

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has pledged to provide an additional 3,600 megawatts of electricity within the next four years, Deputy Minister Dr. Tun Naing said in Parliament Monday. The announcement comes after an MOEE study revealed that electricity consumption in Myanmar is expected to reach 5,774MW by 2021-22 from 3,189MW in 2017-18. […]

US Solar Firm Tackles Cost Barriers Through Instalment System

A US-based solar product company launched its services in Myanmar with the support of the International Finance Corporation and United Nations Capital Development Fund to widen access to clean energy among the rural population. The opening of its first store in Myanmar was accompanied with the introduction of the instalment system for purchases. Greenlight Planet […]

Local, foreign investment invited to electrify 26 towns in Ayeyawady

Local and foreign investment will be invited in an effort to provide electricity to 26 towns in Ayeyawady Region, said Win Htay, the regional minister for electric power and energy and for industry and transport. The regional minister made the announcement during a discussion about the need for local and foreign investment for electricity development […]

Upgrade Underway to Improve Power in Yangon

The government is upgrading electricity generation, transmission and distribution in Yangon Region, Daw Nilar Kyaw, minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication, told a news conference to mark the first anniversary of the government. She said that during fiscal 2016-17, the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) installed new cables in a pilot project in Hlaing, Dala, Tarmwe and Hlaing […]

GE supplies gas turbines for Myingyan power project

Two gas turbines supplied by General Electric (GE) have been purchased from Sembcorp Utilities for a 225-megawatt power plant to be built for the Myingyan power project in Mandalay Region. The purchase of the Heat Recovery Steam Generators was in the mix, according to a GE press release. The new power plant is expected to […]

Myanmar’s construction industry worth US$13.5bn by 2020

A report by Timetric Construction Intelligence Center (CIC) has found that that over the next five years Myanmar’s construction industry is to grow at a rate of 10.37% over five years. In 2015 the industry’s value was worth Ks9 trillion (US$8.2bn) and is expected to climb to Ks15 trillion (US$13.5bn) in 2020, according to the […]