Big dams can wait, Myanmar overhauls energy strategy

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Big hydropower dams are not a priority in Myanmar’s strategy to tackle chronic power shortages, the country’s new energy minister said in an interview that cast doubt over a controversial China-backed project in the country’s north. Already the construction minister, Win Khaing has overhauled the poor Southeast Asian country’s power strategy since […]

Myanmar to Get Better Profit-Sharing Deal in Rakhine Port Project

Myanmar is set to receive a greater amount of the profit-sharing in a $7.2 billion deep-sea port development project in the town of Kyaukphyu in western Rakhine state, though negotiations with the main Chinese investor are ongoing, a commerce ministry official said Monday. A consortium led by CITIC Group Corporation Ltd., China’s state-owned investment company, […]

Need to reduce consumption rises as fuel imports surge

As fuel can be imported freely from overseas, the volume and value of fuel imports into Myanmar is expected to rise this year compared to last year, U Khin Maung Lwin, Assistant Secretary from the Ministry of Commerce, told The Myanmar Times. “Gasoline has been allowed to be imported regularly into Myanmar. As the private […]

Export earnings from natural gas on the rise

Up to early September, Myanmar’s export earnings from natural gas exceeded US$1.2 billion, up nearly $7.986 million from the same period last year, according to the commerce ministry. U Khin Maung Lwin, the ministry’s assistant permanent secretary said: “Export earnings reached $1.233 billion. Last year, they exceeded $1.226 billion. This is due to an increase […]

Car import permits down 60pc in 2017-18

Applications for the import of passenger vehicle is down by more than 5,000 so far this fiscal year compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, said U Aung Htoo, deputy minister for Ministry of Commerce. The government has been trying to limit the import of cars to control traffic congestion in the […]

PTTEP to start exploring two offshore blocks next year

Myeik—Thailand-based PTT Exploration and Production Public Co Ltd (PTTEP) will start exploration work in the M9 and M11 offshore blocks in the Gulf of Martaban next year. The blocks are located 250 kilometres from Dawei and 270 kilometres from Myeik, respectively. The company held a public meeting to explain the upcoming exploration work on August […]

On PM Narendra Modi’s visit, Myanmar to receive first lot of diesel from India

NAY PYI TAW: The first consignment of high speed diesel from India will reach Myanmar on September 3, Parami Energy Group CEO Ken Tun has said. Ken Tun told Mizzima News that his group is importing the diesel under a joint venture agreement with India’s Numaligarh Refineries or NRL. Two trucks, each loaded with 4,000 […]

Myanmar opts for domestic power generation

Plans are underway to generate electricity from local power plants even though China, Thailand, Laos and India have offered to sell their electricity to Myanmar, a senior official of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) said. Details on arrangements to buy electricity from other countries have yet to be made available, and is not […]

Htaukkyant factory to assemble Daewoo buses

Mini-buses will be assembled by the Myanmar Trade Center Co., Ltd. at Htaukkyant factory in cooperation with Daewoo Bus Corporation, said Dr Kyaw Kyaw Aung, the managing director of Myanmar Trade Center Co., Ltd., according to a newspaper report in Myawady Daily. Myanmar Trade Center Co., Ltd. operates the Htaukkyant factory under a long-term lease […]

Where Will Myanmar’s Energy Come From?

Myanmar’s high growth in electricity demand — rising by around 13 percent annually — is a challenge for the government. Demand is estimated to reach 4,500 MW by 2020 and 13,410 MW in 2030. Currently there is no plan to meet this high demand. High-level policy shifts and unclear policies within the cabinet and ministries […]