August 20, 2016

Ministry to speed up application process for industrial power access

Technicians install a transformer in an industrial zone in Mandalay.
Technicians install a transformer in an industrial zone in Mandalay.

The Ministry of Electric Power announced Tuesday it is introducing a rapid  application process for electrification of private industrial sites, with requests to be processed within five days.
The ministry is introducing the new procedures in order to boost industrial enterprises across the country, and will set up one-stop service offices to handle the entire process of connecting businesses to the grid, according to the ministry.
It will assign a permanent representative to each one-stop service office to directly liaise between industrial enterprises and power supply boards in respective regions and states.
Currently, the ministry is generating around 43,500 kilowatt hours daily from 39 power plants, including 25 hydropower stations, 13-gas fired power plants and one coal plant, with total installed capacity of 4839.9 megawatts.
The ministry has set a target of supplying power to the entire country by 2030, but faces challenges in the form of ageing transmission lines, lack of capital investment and technology, and public opposition to implementing major hydro and coal projects.
A coal-fired power plant in Shan State built in 2005 is currently generating 120 megawatts, and a feasibility study has been made on a further 11 coal-fired plants.
The ministry and private investors have signed a memorandum of understanding on the construction of a 300-megawatt power plant in Yangon Region and a 50-megawatt power station in Taninthayi Region.
In addition, foreign firms have agreed to invest in nine coal-fired power plants with capacities ranging from 270 to 2,640 megawatts across the country.
On completion, these plants are expected to generate more than 9,000 megawatts.

By Aye Min Soe


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