Vice President U Myint Swe went on an inspection tour of hydropower stations and their irrigation facilities on the Paunglaung river yesterday morning.
Accompanied by Electricity and Energy Deputy Minister Dr Tun Naing, the vice president inspected the Paunglaung spillway at the Paunglaung multi-purpose dam project.
In the briefing hall, officials reported on the facts and functions of the project, its irrigation facilities and their health.
Deputy Minister Dr Tun Naing and engineers briefed the vice president on the salient points of the hydropower station constructed in the valley of the Sittaung river, irrigation facilities under construction and the distribution of electricity to the national power grid.
The construction of the Paunglaung dam started in 1998-1999 and was completed in 2005-2006. The dam is of rock-reinforced type, with 430 feet in height and 3,100 feet in length. The facility has a storage capacity of 549,420 acre feet of water and can annually generate 911 kilowatt hours of electricity from four 70-megawatt generators.
The vice president also visited the Upper Paunglaung hydropower station, which was constructed in 2004-2005 and completed in November 2014. The dam is of concrete-reinforced type, with 1,690 feet in length and 322 feet in height. The facility can store 1,379,231 acre feet of water to the brim, with an annual generation of 454 kilowatt hours of electricity from two 140-megawatt generators.
According to officials, plans are under way to implement the Middle Paunglaung hydropower project with a capacity to generate 100 megawatts of electricity.