THE Yangon City Development Committee has laid the foundations for Myanmar’s first waste-powered power plant near Hlawga Lake in Shwepyitha Township in Yangon Region.
The power plant is a joint project with JFE Engineering Corporation from Japan.
YCDC Chairman U Hla Myint said during the opening ceremony for the plant on Saturday that he was proud to be building the first waste-powered energy plant in Myanmar as it is eco-friendly and as such will help conserve the environment.
A senior managing director from JFE said that utilising renewable forms of energy forms will aid Myanmar’s long-term development. JFE is working in collaboration with the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). Japan has more than 170 waste power plants and extensive knowledge of renewable energy.
It is estimated that the plant will cost US$16.2 million to construct and it is scheduled to begin operations in March 2017. It will convert 60 tonnes of rubbish every day to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity.
Yangon produces 170 tonnes of rubbish every day, so the plant will reduce emissions of methane and carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere.
The Japanese firm also has plans to build waste-powered plants in other large cities, including Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay.
(Maung Sein Lwin