Paddy husk-burning power plants will be built in Ayeyawaddy, Bago, Sagaing and Yangon where ample supplies of paddy husks are easily available, according to the Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation.
Traditional burning of paddy husks is a source of pollution, but using them to generate power could reduce demand on the national power grids, said Chit Khaing, chair of MAPCO at the recent opening of a husk-fired power plant in Pyinmana Township.
Plants that burn paddy husks could generate 0.5 megawatts of power, he said, and that could be used to operate MAPCO’s rice mills.
“The surplus electricity will be distributed to nearby villages,” he pledged.
A husk-burning power plant capable of burning 2.2 MW is under construction in Kyaiklatt Township, Ayeyarwady region.
MAPCO also announced that it is planning to implement an agriculture-based industrial zone in Myaungmya Township in Ayeyarwady region in 2018-2019 fiscal year.