Electric Power Ministry, JICA celebrate partial completion of Biluchaung No-2 Hydropower Station Rehabilitation Project

Union Minister U Khin Maung Soe, JICA President Dr. Akihiko Tanaka and officials cut ribbons to open partial handover ceremony of Biluchaung No-2 hydropower Plant rehabilitation project in Loikaw on Monday.
Union Minister U Khin Maung Soe, JICA President Dr. Akihiko Tanaka and officials cut ribbons to open partial handover ceremony of Biluchaung No-2 hydropower Plant rehabilitation project in Loikaw on Monday.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Monday celebrated partial completion of the Biluchaung No-2 Hydropower Station Rehabilitation Project at the plant in Loikaw, Kayah State, in eastern Myanmar.
Union Minister U Khin Maung Soe, JICA President Dr Akihiko Tanaka and officials formally opened the ceremony that marked the completion of first stage in which three machines with installed capacity of 28 megawatts each have now been rehabilitated.
After 55 years of establishment, an all-round rehabilitation of the Biluchaung No-2 Hydropower Station began in July last year with the use of 6,669 million yen from Japan’s ODA grant. The rehabilitation project includes maintenance and replacement of turbines, generators, penstock and 48 related parts. Following the completion of the first stage, the second stage of the project is scheduled to begin at the start of this rainy season.
Upon completion of the rehabilitation project, the station, 14-mile southeast of Loikaw, will be able to restore its original strength of generating 168 megawatts. As of 2015-2016 FY, it can also thereby contribute to supply of electricity to 255 villages in Kayah State where 112 of 521 villages have had electricity so far. The state is expected to see 90 percent electric power coverage at the end of next fiscal year.
Based on the historic post-war agreement of the two governments, the station with installed capacity of 84 megawatts was originally built by Japan in 1954 and its operation started supplying electricity to Yangon in 1960 and Mandalay in 1971. Three more installations with installed capacity of 84 megawatts were completed in 1974. The plant serves as one of main electric power sources, generating around 10 percent of electricity in Myanmar.
Despite blessing with several sources for generating electric power, more than 70 percent of the population, or over 7.1 million households still lack access to electricity in Myanmar which has more than nine million households.
The Myanmar government has committed to achieving a national electrification coverage target for all households by 2030 in cooperation with international organizations including the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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