Soe Min Htike & Sithu
The government is planning to use K2.8 billion from the emergency fund to supply electricity in Kawkareik and nearby villages and Myawady, which is buying electricity from Thailand, said Deputy Minister Dr Tun Naing of Electricity and Energy during a parliament session on February 13.
“The ministry is building a 230 KV power grid of electricity supplied from sub-power station in Mawlamyaing. It is also building a 230 KV sub-power station in Myawady. When construction is finished, it can supply electricity to over 20,800 households in 46 villages and five wards in Myawady; over 7,200 households in 11 villages and seven wards in Kawkareik; and over 5,800 households in 32 villages and four wards in Kyondoe,” said the deputy minister.
At the present, the ministry is supplying electricity to Myawady that is bought from Thailand at the rate of K230 per unit. Dawna Alin Company is supplying 750 kilowatts of electricity to Kawkareik generated from six diesel generators 24 hours a day with the rate of K230 per unit. Although the ministry is supplying electricity to Kyondoe via a 66 KV Bayarkone sub-power station, it cannot supply full voltage as the power cables connected to the sub-power station and transformers are far away, he said.
Machinery for the project has been bought and 54.5 per cent of the power grid and 82 per cent of the sub-power station are built. It is expected to be finished before March 2019.
So the ministry is asking K768 million to build the station and K800 million to buy towers to support power cables connected from Mawlamyaing sub-power station, he said.