Myanmar-borders-purchasing-electricity-from-china-and-thailand

Published on Oct 04 2011 // News Update, Related News
REPORTED BY PHYU NU TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY WIN HTUT + MYA
Local residents living in some border areas of Myanmar are buying and using electricity from neighboring countries such as China and Thailand, it was learnt. 

The towns that are buying and using power from China are Lwejal of Kachin State, Chin Shwe Haw , Mongkoe, Manhiroe, Hopang, Nantphatka, Khomone, Mongyulay, Kunlon, Laukkai, Muse, Namhkham and Kyukok from Shan State (North). The towns buying power from Thailand are Tachilek from Shan State (East), Myawady and Phayathonesu from Kayin State.

“One unit power cost K 120. The power is generated from Shweli Hydropower Project implemented on Shweli River”, said a local from Muse.

Myanmar is using five methods of supplying power to the public. Power is supplied by mean of the national grid, the small power plants, the diesel-run generators, the power supply through small generators by local committees, the small hydropower plants. Moreover, power is also being bought and supplied from neighboring countries, said a responsible person of the Ministry of Electric Power No-2 at Pyithu Hluttaw meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw in March of 2011.

The power that is bought from neighboring countries has to be supplied to the border areas by 12 power supply committees, it was learnt.

Shweli Hydropower Plant is the joint venture plant built by the state and foreign investment. It is purchased through Chinese Yuan and  being supplied to Muse, Nanhkham and Kyukok, it was learnt.

Hydropower projects are situated on Ayeyawady River and Thanlwin River and other small rivers in Myanmar. Myanmar is implementing the electric power projects in collaboration with China and Thailand on the basis of mutual interest. Moreover, the government has allowed joint venture to local private companies.

Eleven Media Group