December 15, 2016

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New hydropower station opened at Upper Paunglaung power project in Pyinmana

President U Thein Sein cordially greets local people who attend opening of a hydropower station at the Upper Paunglaung hydroelectric power project. Photo: MNA
President U Thein Sein cordially greets local people who attend opening of a hydropower station at the Upper Paunglaung hydroelectric power project. Photo: MNA

THE Ministry of Electric Power yesterday launched a hydropower station at the Upper Paunglaung hydroelectric power project in Nay Pyi Taw council area, Pyinmana township. President U Thein Sein officially opened the station.
The country has seen a 15% annual increase in the demand for power, given the rising number of factories and industrial zones in both rural and urban areas, Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe said, calling for the opening of more power stations to meet growing demand in the future.
Over the past five years the country has constructed 19 power stations with the capacity to generate over 1,577 megawatts in total. Nationwide power consumption accounts for over 11,406 million kilowatt hours, with individual consumption hitting 222 kilowatt hours per year.
To satisfy the annual growth of power needed seven hydropower stations and three gas-fueled power stations are currently under construction with the union minister calling for efforts to complete the facilities early. The new stations are expected to generate 2,042 megawatts of electricity. The Upper Paunglaung hydroelectric power project was started at the cost of over K31 billion (US$24m) in 2004 and completed in November of last year. The new station can generate 140 megawatts and distribute 454 million kilowatt hours per year to the national power grids.
Union Minister U Khin Maung Soe also spoke of the National Electrification Plan drawn in cooperation with the World Bank as part of the plan for nationwide power distribution by 2030.
According to the country’s Master Plan the demand for electricity is expected to reach 23,594 megawatts in 2030, of which 8,965 megawatts will come from hydropower stations.
President U Thein Sein went on an inspection tour of the Upper Paunglaung hydroelectric power project, with officials briefing him on irrigational facilities.—Myanmar News Agency

The aerial view of Upper Paunglaung hydroelectric power project in Nay Pyi Taw council area, Pyinmana township. Photo: Ministry of Electric Power
The aerial view of Upper Paunglaung hydroelectric power project in Nay Pyi Taw council area, Pyinmana township. Photo: Ministry of Electric Power

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