Nay Rain and Kyaw Myo
Summertime nationwide demand for electricity is expected to be met in 2018 thanks to unusually high
rainfall and newly-built gas turbines, said Than Naing Oo, deputy managing director from the Electric Power Enterprise.
The Ministry of Electric Power held a monthly press conference on January 11 in Nay Pyi Taw and took
questions from reporters.
“We got three new gas turbines built this year,” said Than Naing Oo at a monthly press conference held by the Ministry of Electric Power on January 11 in Nay Pyi Taw.
“There was also a lot of rainfall this year and we still haven’t used much of the water collected for generating electricity. We kept a lot set aside for the summer,” said Than Naing Oo.
He also said 2610 megawatts have already been produced for national power usage and a total of more than 3500MW is expected to be consumed over the summer.
Still, he said, “we expect to meet the electricity demand this summer.”
An additional three power plants are under construction in Yangon, Myingyan and Thaton and they’re to be completed soon, he added.
Given the rising demand for power in Myanmar, the government intensified its efforts to provide electricity to rural areas by using off-grid solutions including solar and wind energy.
Electricity use reached about 3,190 MW in November 2017. Myanmar requires additional electric power projects due to a yearly increase of 300 to 400MW, the ministry told reporters. It now has 27 hydropower projects and 14 natural gas turbines.
The country is expected to produce 53 per cent of electricity from hydropower projects and 47 per cent of electricity from waste incineration power plant projects in 2017.