Myanmar mulls foreign electricity offer

Kyaw Myo

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy is discussing neighbouring countries' offer to sell electricity to address power shortages, according to Soe Myint, deputy permanent secretary of the ministry. 

He told a press conference that China, India, Laos and Thailand offered to sell surplus electricity and the ministry was discussing the offers to meet domestic demand. 

Soe Myint said: "It depends on the prices they ask for and the needs of our country. We will try to do the plan based on our investment, inputs and state budget and to avoid losses. We are still in discussion. We have not made a decision yet," said Soe Myint

He said there were only shortages during the hot season. The Ministry of Electricity and Energy was trying to generate required electricity from hydropower, gas and coal, added the deputy permanent secretary. 

The whole country consumes about 3,500 megawatts of electricity, about half of which is used by Yangon Region. A five-year project has reportedly been drawn up to meet increasing demand for electricity.