Ancient Pyu city gets power

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A meeting to discuss getting electricity was held in Tagaung, Mandalay Region, yesterday. Photo: mna

“With an annual increase in electricity consumption rate between 15% and 19%, the country’s demand for power will reach 4,531 megawatts in 2020-2021, up from 3483 megawatts at present,” said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing in Mandalay Region yesterday.
He was speaking at the electrifying of Tagaung, the principal administrative centre of Pyu city-state, said to be the place where Myanmar
civilization began over 2000 years ago.
“The history of Tagaung has reached a new chapter as the archaeological site of Mandalay Region now gets 24-hour electricity,” the Union Minister declared,” adding, “diesel generators could supply power to the old town only two or three hours a day in the
past.”
As the natural gas supply for domestic consumption would decline in 2021, after the conclusion of the Plateau Period of Yadana Gas project, the government would build LNG-fired power stations as a reinforcement, he assured.
“Gas will be explored at offshore plots, while extending the search for onshore oil to fill the gap,” he promised.
Currently, A-6 offshore gas field in Ayeyawady Region was showing promising results, while plans were underway to install 500-Kv powerlines running in all four directions and 230-Kv and 132-Kv cables and transformers, he said.
“A sub-power station in Tagaung has started electrifying 18 nearby villages, in addition to the ancient town in Mandalay Region, where over half of the population have electricity,” he said. Deputy Speaker of Mandalay Region Hluttaw Dr Khin Maung Htay, Mr Kojun Nakashima of Japan International Cooperation Agency and others also gave speeches.
Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr Tun Naing and officials formally opened the station.
Today, Tagaung is located in Thabeikkyin Township, PyinOoLwin District, Mandalay Region, about 500 miles north of Yangon.

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