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IFC to boost funding for off-grid solar power in Myanmar

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is considering investing a further US$87 million in Yoma Micro Power to help Myanmar supply electricity to remote off-grid communities and reduce its carbon emissions. Part of the World Bank Group, the IFC said it had proposed arranging a loan package of $80 million to the energy firm, which builds […]

Myanmar to invite tenders for solar power: MOEE

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) will invite local and foreign investors to tender for a solar power plant project, said U Soe Myint, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the ministry. The Independent Power Plant should be able to generate 1000 megawatts of solar power, which the government would purchase based on a 20-year Build-Operate-Own […]

Myanmar energy analysts alarmed at floating power plant plans for Yangon

Industry experts have criticized the Ministry of Electricity and Energy’s plan to produce electricity with gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) via a floating power plant to meet the rising demand in Yangon by mid-2020. The ministry invited international bids in June for the 1,040-megawatt (MW) project. U Aye Kyaw Kyaw, secretary of Yangon Region’s […]

Myanmar continues coal-plant plans

Coal-fired plants will continue to be in use despite objections by different groups on grounds of health and environmental pollution, Ministry of Electricity and Energy deputy minister U Tun Naing said. He told the Amyotha Hluttaw, the upper house of Myanmar’s national bicameral legislature, that the government intended to go ahead with the construction of […]

Solar power shines in Myanmar

Myanmar’s launch of its first commercial solar plant last month is a step in the right direction for a country that has yet to provide more than half of its citizens with proper access to electricity. Constructed on over 836 acres of land, an area equivalent to almost 530 football fields, the Minbu Solar Power […]

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 […]

Company vows to supply solar power to 500 villages

Mandalay Yoma Solar Energy, which operates solar mini-grids to power rural regions, will generate solar power in 500 villages within three to five years, the company said. “First, we will supply electricity to 50 villages, and we estimate that up to 500 villages will be electrified within three to five years,” said Nathalie Riseau, the […]

Aik Htun: Driver turned Tycoon

For the owner of a business of any size, integrity is key. This is the principle that has brought U Aik Htun, one of the richest businessmen in Myanmar, through ups and downs. “The biggest secret of success is honesty and integrity,” said U Aik Htun, chair of conglomerate Shwe Taung Group, speaking in fluent […]

Minbu solar power project commences in time for summer 2019

A 170MW solar power plant in Minbu Township, Magwe Region, will start producing electricity in time for summer next year, said U Lin Naing Oo, business development department general manager of GEP (Myanmar) Co Ltd. The Thailand-based company is investing US$297 million in the solar project, which is Myanmar’s first. Electricity generated from the plant […]

Scan raises capital for Myanmar operation

SET-listed Scan Inter Plc (SCN), a natural gas trader and operator of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, has increased its registered capital by 97.63 million baht via a private placement (PP) to beef up its solar power plant operation in Myanmar. The registered capital comes at an offering price of 4.50 baht per share. Scan’s […]