China-Myanmar power cooperation achieves new milestone

The opening ceremony of the gas-fired combined cycle power station in Kyaukpyu Township of Rakhine State took place on Monday.
First, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Chen Hai said the China-Myanmar economy and trade cooperation receives the proper compatibility and it supports the Belt and Road Initiative and building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor. China also pledged to expand the cooperation work in Myanmar’s basic infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and financial sectors, and now the Kyaukpyu power plant is operational as a success of the bilateral cooperation in the power sector. He then talked about the key role of that power plant in supporting the economy and social status of locals as Kyaukpyu is located in a major place for the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor and further cooperation in all sectors of Myanmar.
Then, Deputy Minister for Electric Power Dr Aung Zeya said the government implemented 135-MW Kyaukpyu Gas-fired Combined Cycle Power Station project that generates 1,000 million kW hours of power per year by using 22 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to meet the country’s power need. It recycles the waste heat and uses seawater instead of underground water like natural environmental conservation techniques. The GIS substation is installed at the plant and so the power system will be stable and reliable. The power will be distributed via the 230-MW Kyaukpyu sub-power station to houses, businesses, industries and power systems in Rakhine State. He then expressed thanks to those who participated in the project. Then, the chairman of PowerChina Resources Co Ltd explained the projects via videoconferencing and expressed words of thanks.
Afterwards, Deputy Minister Dr Aung Zeya, Rakhine State Natural Resources Minister U Than Tun, Chinese Ambassador Mr Chen Hai, officials of PowerChina Resources Co Ltd and Kyauk Phyu Electric Power Co Ltd cut the ribbon to launch the power plant and took commemorative photos.
After the ceremony, Myanmar officials met the Chinese ambassador, and they held an informal meeting to discuss cooperation work in the power and energy sectors. — MNA

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