August 19, 2016

Hluttaw Commission reveals Myanmar’s hydropower potential

A Union Hluttaw Commission for the Assessment of Legal Affairs and Special Issues has revealed that Myanmar has the capacity to produce over 100,000MW of hydroelectricity, but doesn’t have the technological or financial capacity to do so and can only produce 5,000MW.
The Asia Development Bank and Japan will support in boosting Myanmar’s electrical production capacity to 30,000MW by 2030, with France also to provide technical support in sourcing electricity from natural river currents, according to the Ministry of Electrical Power.
“Electricity is a basic human need, but Myanmar can only produce 5,000MW. But, as a country with hydroelectricity, we have the capacity to produce as much as 100,000MW. It’s technological, infrastructural and financial difficulties that don’t allow yet to produce that volume,” said U Kyi Thar, a retired director of the Ministry of Electric Power and member of the aforementioned commission.
The Yangon regional government has also reported the region will require an additional 400MW of electricity to provide for affordable housing and high-rise building projects which are currently being constructed.
“I know that there is a need for electricity. It’s good to have electricity, regardless of where it’s sourced. But I wouldn’t want it to be produced in a way that would inflict upon the environment, I don’t want coal power y, I’d prefer electricity from hydropower.” said Ko Lin Ko, a resident of Yangon’s Yankin Township.
While Myanmar is still only able to produce a meagre 5,000MW of electricity to service the entire country, neighbouring Thailand ‘beams brightly’ in comparison with a production capacity of over 30,000MW.—Myitmakha News Agency


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