By May Thet Hnin
Ayeyawady region government will invite investment to create a micro electrical generation and grid system to supply 52 village-tracts in Ayeyawady region, said U Win Htay, the minister for Ayeyawady Region Electrical Power, Energy, Industry and Transport at a meeting which was held at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on 3 July.
“We are trying to supply electricity to the rural areas. But we haven’t decided yet on the details concerning the rules and regulations and other financial issues. Therefore, we have held a workshop,” said the minister.
The micro-power plant will be established as a pilot project between two townships.
A total of 52 village-tracts from 26 townships will receive electricity under the plan, including undeveloped village-tracts omitted from the National Electrification Plan, he added.
“The kind of electrical generation depends on the characteristics of local areas, said U Win Htay. “For example, areas which are near the beach are suitable to generate wind and solar power. Pyapon and Kyaiklat which have many paddy husks can produce bio gas. So, the producing of electricity will be different depending on the areas.”
The minister said he expects the project to take one to two years to generate 1.5 megawatts.
Ayeyawady Region needs the 97 megawatt per day. With industrial businesses increasing in numbers and activity, electricity needs are increasing 15 per cent per year.
U Zaw Min Win, the chairman of the UMFCCI, said that when implementation of the electric power generation project is completed, the electric power supply will be sufficient for all the villages, industry zones and businesses in Ayeyawady Region.