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May 20, 2019

Union Minister U Win Khaing inspects power plants as energy consumption reaches peak demand

Union Minister U Win Khaing inspects a power plant during his tour of inspection in Yangon yesterday. Photo: MNA

Myanmar’s national power grid currently generates 3,586 Megawatts with almost half of it (1,548.23 MW) consumed by the Yangon Region. As peak load in summer approaches, U Win Khaing, Union Minister for Electricity and Energy, inspected the Thilawa natural gas power plant, Thakayta power plant, and the TM-2500 mobile power plant under preparations to cope with the increasing demand for electrical energy.
Firstly, the union minister and entourage arrived at Thilawa natural gas power plant and instructed officials to regularly perform maintenance checks on the power plant and the machinery to ensure they run at full capacity, implement safety from electricity, and make sure there were no power outages. They then inspected the power plant.
The Thilawa natural gas power plant is located in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon Region. It uses Yadanar offshore natural gas to power the two 25 MW Hitachi H-25 gas turbines to provide the electricity needed to swiftly develop the SEZ. In addition, the two turbines each utilize Japanese water injection technology to boost generation by 5 MW within a short period of time without using up extra natural gas.
This project was initiated in 2015 using US$126 million acquired from the Japan ODA Loan. Construction of the plant was completed in 2016. The Thilawa power plant provides electricity to the national power grid via the 230 KV Kamanat power line and the 230 KV Thanlyin power line. It also provides 33 KV to Thilawa SEZ via 12 feeders and 33 KV to Kyauktan Township.
Afterwards, the union minister and entourage arrived at the Thakayta power plant, gave instructions as necessary, and inspected the power plant.
The TM-2500 mobile power plant generates 25 MW and was initiated by the Yangon Region Government using K30 billion from the President’s special funds in 2017. The Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation handed responsibility of the project who began fully operating the mobile power plant to supplement the peak load in the summer after accomplishing successful test runs in 2018.

 

— MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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