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Govt Promises to Meet Myanmar’s Rising Electricity Demand

Yangon — The Ministry of Electricity and Energy is hoping to expand electricity access to half of the population by December, according to Deputy Minister U Khin Maung Win. Of 10,877,832 households in Myanmar, 5,140,061 – or 47 per cent of the population – had access to electricity by October. The deputy minister told the […]

Dawei SEZ Draws Investor Interest, but Lacks Infrastructure

Businesses from China, Thailand, Korea and Japan, including those from the power and logistics sectors, have said they are keen to invest in the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tanintharyi, which is near the Thai border. Investor interest in Dawei, which has yet to be developed, has been on the rise since Myanmar and […]

Myanmar to Host Forum to Lure Foreign Investment in Deep South

The Tanintharyi regional government is preparing to hold an investment forum to attract foreign investment to Myanmar’s southernmost region, which is rich in natural resources, particularly pearls and minerals, and home to many tourist destinations on the Andaman Sea coast and islands. The Tanintharyi Investment Forum is set to be held from Oct. 26-27 in […]

Tanintharyi calls for tender to supply Dawei with power

In a move to ensure that Tanintharyi Region’s capital Dawei continues to have electricity, the regional government has invited companies to bid for a new tender to supply electricity to the capital and surrounding area, known as Dawei district. The regional minister for electricity and energy U Aung Thura told The Myanmar Times that the […]

Residents say electricity rates should be lowered in off-grid areas

Residents in gas-producing regions like Tanintharyi are questioning why they still have to pay higher rates instead of being covered by the national grid. The government hiked electricity tariffs last week, and the new rates took effect on July 1. While consumers of residential and religious buildings will be charged the previous rate of K35 […]

New Tanintharyi Chief Minister Pledges to Tackle Power, Land Issues New

The new Tanintharyi Region chief minister has vowed to address power shortages and land disputes in the region. As he took the oath of office as the region’s new chief minister on Monday, U Myint Maung promised “to return to local farmers the farmland that private companies have left idle, for the development of the […]

Cruise ship arrives in Mergui

The ‘last island paradise’ of the Mergui Archipelago, straddling Myanmar and Thailand, has been in the spotlight with a high-level inspection and a day visit by a large super-cruise ship last week. The group of over 800 islands, for decades dubbed ‘the forbidden islands’ following its closure to all by the Burmese military junta since […]

Confusion arises on settlement of gas debts in Tanintharyi region

Global Grand Services Co Ltd (GGS), which distributes electricity produced from natural gas in Tanintharyi Region, owes billions of kyat to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE), an official of the ministry has told The Myanmar Times. Some two million cubic feet (56,600 cubic metres) of natural gas is provided daily to GGS with […]

Tanintharyi Residents Call on Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Address Corruption Concerns

Residents of a coastal town in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region demanded Wednesday that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi take action against their government over complaints about corruption and poor administration by removing the chief minister and the minister of planning and finance. During a three-day visit to the far-flung region, people at a gathering […]

Gas pipeline at Zawtika to be replaced

The replacement of a gas pipeline at the Zawtika project, offshore of Myanmar, will be conducted to reliably supply gas to Myanmar, said Mr. Piya Sukhumpanumet, general manager of PTTEP Myanmar Asset. Mr Piya was speaking to journalists during a media tour to Zawtika, located in block M-9 of the Moattama Gulf, Tanintharyi Region on […]