Yangon Power Board to Seek Private Sector Involvement from 2015

YANGON — The Yangon Electricity Supply Board (YESB) will begin to facilitate private investment from early next year, with a view to the possibility of an eventual complete privatization of the city’s electricity transmission. The YESB is currently deciding upon a model for private sector collaboration in discussion with experts and the Yangon Region government. […]

Ministry of Electric Power to invite open tender for Power Distribution Improvement Project (Package 5-Tools and Equipment); Closing Date: December 11, 2014

MINISTRY OF ELECTRIC POWER DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRIC POWER Date: 27th October 2014 Loan 3084-MYA: Power Distribution Improvement Project Package 5-Tools and Equipment This Invitation for Bids follows the General Procurement Notice for this project that appeared in the “ADB Business Opportunities” on 8 November 2013. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received a […]

Ministry of Electric Power to invite open tender for Power Distribution Improvement Project (Package 4-Line Materials); Closing Date: December 11, 2014

MINISTRY OF ELECTRIC POWER DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRIC POWER Invitation for Bids Date: 27th October 2014 Loan 3084-MYA: Power Distribution Improvement Project Package 4-Line Materials This Invitation for Bids follows the General Procurement Notice for this project that appeared in the “ADB Business Opportunities”on 8 November 2013. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received […]

Why all the electricity blackouts?

Why are electricity blackouts occurring so often in these days in Yangon? Many people are asking this question, particularly as some in the city lost power again for as much as six hours on the night of May 8. Government officials have pledged a 24-hour electricity supply to Myanmar’s main commercial city, but a glance […]

Upgrades planned for Yangon power grid

Poor electricity supply invariably appears prominently in discussions about the challenges facing Myanmar’s economy. Accordingly, international organisations and in some cases foreign investors have pledged large amounts of money and expertise to tackle the problem. However, the discussion is normally framed in the context of expanding power generation capacity rather than the urgent need to […]

Yangon Switches On

YANGON — On the industrial outskirts of Yangon, a rusted chimney exhales wisps of white smoke as a three-decade-old gas-fired power station chunters on. Just meters away on the same compound in Thaketa Township, a low mumble, but nothing in the way of visible emissions, is coming from a row of 16 boxed-up gas-fueled engines—Austrian-produced […]

IFC to help improve Yangon electricity supply

The Ministry of Electrical Power and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) signed an agreement to improve Yangon’s electricity supply on February 26. The IFC aims to help to transform Yangon Electricity Supply Board (YESB) into a corporation within three years. “The IFC will provide financial aid in addition to technical before fully transform it into […]

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 […]

Old power cables in Yangon to be replaced next year – YESB

YANGON—The Yangon Electrical Supply Board is planning to replace old power cables currently used in the city with new ones in the 2014-15 fiscal year, the YESB’s deputy chief engineer, Ye Myint Htay, said yesterday. “Most cables installed in Yangon are more than 30 years old and need replacement. We expect to replace them soon,” […]

Planned Electricity Price Increase Sparks Concern Among Businesses

Business owners and households say they are concerned about the government’s plan to raise electricity prices next month, when rates are set to significantly increase, in some cases with up to 100 percent. On Tuesday, the Yangon City Electricity Supply Board (YESB) announced that households that consume more than 101 units of electricity per month […]