November 18, 2017

President U Htin Kyaw inspects Upper Paung Laung Hydropower Project

President U Htin Kyaw visits Upper Paung Laung Hydropower Project in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
President U Htin Kyaw visits Upper Paung Laung Hydropower Project in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

PRESIDENT U Htin Kyaw visited the Upper Paung Laung Hydropower Project, 26 miles east of Nay Pyi Taw Pyinmana Township yesterday.
Accompanied by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Dr Aung Thu and U Pe Zin Tun and Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr Myo Aung and officials the President heard reports on the project and viewed the hydropower plant.
Union Minister U Pe Zin Tun and officials reported to the President on progress of the project and works to be done including the generation capacity of the Upper Paung Laung hydropower plant and ongoing hydropower projects.
During his visit to the plant, the President met with the staff and spoke words of encouragement.
The Upper Paung Laung hydropower project began implementation during the 2004-2005 FY with the process being completed in November 2014.
The hydropower plant has an installed capacity of 140MW and an annual production of about 454 million kwh, delivering electricity to the national grid.
According to sources, works are underway to implement the Middle Paung Laung hydropower project which is expected to generate 100MW of electricity.
A total of K31.534 billion was spent on the relocation of villages lying within the project area and 8,297 acres of farmland were reclaimed, said sources, adding that the Ministry of Home Affairs developed the new village into a town.
A total of 10 hydropower projects are being implemented across Sittaung Valley Including Upper Paung Laung hydropower project.
According to statistics of the 2015-2016 FY, electricity has been brought to 3.8 million of 10.8 million households in Myanmar.—Myanmar News Agency

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