During his inspection tour yesterday of the Biluchaung Hydropower Station Nos 2 and 3 in Loikaw, Kayah State, Vice President U Henry Van Thio stressed the need to review the hydropower projects and to make plans for producing more electricity as the country inevitably faces increasing demands for power as foreign investment increases.
Biluchaung Hydropower Station-2 was established in 1954 and was equipped with three generators. The station started operation in 1960, producing 84 megawatts. In 1970, the station was upgraded with three 28 megawatt generators.
Biluchaung Hydropower Station-3, which was originally equipped with two generators, came into operation in 2008 producing 26 megawatts. By 2014, Station-3 was capable of producing 52 megawatts.
Biluchaung Hydropower Station-3, the joint venture between the government and the Future Energy company, launched its commercial run in January, 2014, with 158 employees.
Currently, state-owned and privately owned hydro power stations are producing 3,181 megawatts; natural gas-fired stations and waste-to-energy plants can produce 1,344 megawatts and coal-fired power plants can provide 120 megawatts, for a total of 5,215 megawatts.
The total power produced by the three Biluchang hydropower stations makes up 4.7 per cent of the power production in the country.
During his tour of Kayah State, U Henry Van Thio called on local authorities to make preparation for development of eco-tourism in the State.
A maiden, four-hour boat trip from Phekon, Kayah State, to Inle Lake in Shan State is scheduled to launch in the coming season as a tourism business.—Myanmar News Agency