Power sector: Lofty goals, missed targets

The power sector in Myanmar over the past five years has been characterized by ambitious plans and unrealized targets. While a few power projects have been completed during the outgoing government’s term, others were suspended or cancelled and dozens more remain in limbo. Myanmar remains one of the least-powered countries in Southeast Asia. Just over […]

Chaungtha Wind Farm Project

  THE China Three Gorges Corporation signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the development of Chaungtha Wind Farm Project in Ayeyawady Region with Ministry of Electric Power of Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw recently. The MoA signing ceremony on 29th February was hosted by U Khin Maung Soe, Union Minister for Electric Power, Mr […]

Private gas-fired power project adds 230MW to national grid

A new privately run gas-fired power plant has joined the national grid system, boosting Myanmar’s power capacity, according to state newspapers. In 2011, Myanmar had 10 state-owned gas-fired power plants, with a total capacity of 270 megawatts (MW). Since then, 10 privately run gas-fired power plants have been connected to the national grid, bringing total […]

Myanmar to begin generating wind energy

  THE Ministry of Electric Power signed a memorandum of understanding with China Three Gorges International Corporation on electricity production from wind power in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The ministry’s director general U Aye Hsan and Mr Lu Guojun, chairman of China Three Gorges International Corporation, inked the MoU and exchanged notes. The MoU is […]

Plan to bring more people onto the grid

Some 1.7 million people could gain electricity access – at a cost of US$670 million, according to Minister for Electrical Power U Khin Maung Soe. The ministry has drawn up plans with help from the World Bank to extend electrification, while looking at the costs, he said at the opening of a hydropower workshop in […]

Rolls-Royce to supply power plant in Myanmar

Rolls-Royce signed a long-term service agreement with RGK+Z&A for spare parts supply, supervision and maintenance for the Hlagwa Power Plant (Phase II) project today. The agreement was signed at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London by Lars Eikeland, President and CEO of Bergen Engines, and Mr Zeya Thura Mon, Group CEO of RGK+Z&A Group […]

British firms invest in power sector

British companies have signed deals with local counterparts to invest in the electricity sector during a trip by Myanmar officials to London, according to an embassy announcement last week. The deals come following the widely-touted success of the United States’ APR Energy plant it set up in Mandalay Region on June 6. The two recent […]

Power struggle: supply falls short

Despite ongoing energy projects, the country’s chronic electricity shortage is set to continue, Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe says. “Electricity generated from hydropower, natural gas and coal-fired plants cannot overcome the country’s chronic shortage of electricity,” he said at a press conference earlier this month. The minister said Myanmar’s power consumption had […]

Electricity price hike set for April 1

In an effort to reduce state spending, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw last week voted to move forward with a plan to increase the price of electricity as of April 1 for households by as much as 42.8 percent for units used over a certain threshold, parliament announced last week. Though households will still pay K35 per […]

Electricity issues to threaten big industry

With another summer approaching, Yangon industrial estates are again facing the prospect of massive power outages that owners expect will cost industrialists hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit, while hurting the commercial capital’s efforts to bolster an investor-friendly reputation. In the summer months of March to May 2013, factories had as little as three […]