Yangon unveils hot-season power plan

Caption – A sub-power station in Dagon Seikkan Township (Photo-Nilar)

Yangon Region's government has plans to prevent power blackouts during the hot season by generating an extra 100 megawatts, said Myint Thaung, Yangon minister for planning and finance.

“The regional minister for electrical power said a special fund from President Htin Kyaw had been received to buy a generator worth Ks30 billion, which can generate 25 megawatts of electricity. We are worried about power blackouts in the commercial hub,” he said.

“We will install the generator as quickly as possible. The minister for electric power and energy said Yangon region would have another 70 or 75 megawatts of electricity this hot season as more gas for turbines will be available. So we are trying to have about an extra 100 megawatts this hot season,” said the minister.

The use of electricity in Yangon Region increases between 150 megawatts and 200 megawatts annually and 45 per cent of total electricity generated is used by the region. And the government has been trying to fill the shortfall to avoid power cuts during the hot season, when falling water levels reduces hydropower production. 

“Businesses are worried about blackouts this hot season. If the government can supply about 95 megawatts, it will address the issue,” said Zaw Min Win, chairman of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Translated by Aung Kyaw Kyaw