February 10, 2017

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President opens subpower station in Chaungson

President U Thein Sein waves hands to local people as he arrives to open subpower station in Chaungson.
President U Thein Sein waves hands to local people as he arrives to open subpower station in Chaungson.

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein yesterday unveiled the stone plaque to a subpower station in Chaungson, Mon State.
In giving a brief account of why the 66KV power station was constructed, Union Minister U Khin Maung Soe recounted the distribution of electricity to the area with two 500KVA generators four hours a day in 1980.
During his inspection tour of Chaungson in October last year, the president urged officials to take prompt measures to bring electricity to the town.
Construction works were completed last month at a cost of over K12 billion (US$ 9.7 million) from government funding.
The subpower plant now enables 1,740 households in the town to have easy access to electricity around the clock.
The country’s hydropower plants, gas-fired power plants, coal-fired power plants and diesel-fired power plants all generate up to 2,500 megawatts in 2016, up from 2,497 megawatts last year. On the whole, the country experiences a 15% annual increase in demand for electricity.
According to official statistics, there are 10,878 million households across the country, of which more than seven million households, 66% in general, still live without electricity.
The union minister called for efforts to generate electricity three times greater than at present to ensure that the distribution of electricity covers the whole country.
According to the national electricity distribution programme, the country will need 4,531 megawatts in 2020-21, 8,121MW in 2025-26 and 14,542MW in 2030-31.

Employees of the Ministry of Electric Power have completed the installation of cables across the Thanlwin River on 16 January, bringing electricity to more than 1740 households around the clock.
Employees of the Ministry of Electric Power have completed the installation of cables across the Thanlwin River on 16 January, bringing electricity to more than 1740 households around the clock.

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