Myanmar delegation visits Hekinan coal-fired power plant

Hekinan coal-fired power plant in Nagoya, Japan.— Photo Credit: YHT
Hekinan coal-fired power plant in Nagoya, Japan.— Photo Credit: YHT

Tokyo, 5 July — A Myanmar delegation led by President U Thein Sein visited Hekinan coal-fired power plant in Nagoya, Japan, Sunday, learning Japan’s environmental friendly technology for producing electricity from coal.
The president held a meeting with the officials of the plant after visiting there, offering to share Japan’s experiences and technology for producing electricity from the coal-fired plant which uses about 880,000 tons of coal from Australia and Indonesia per month.
He also invited the Chubu Company to invest in Myanmar.
To achieve economic development in Myanmar, it is important for Myanmar to produce electricity sufficiently, he said.
Myanmar cannot rely on its abundant water resources to produce electricity as hydro-power depends on the weather, the president said.
Hekinan is located in Kinuura Bay about 40 miles south of Nagoya. About 70,000 people are living around the plant.
Established on 2.08 million square meters and equipped with three generators which can produce 700 MW each, the coal-fired power plant has come into 24-hour operation since 1993.
To meet the demand of Japan, the power plant was equipped with generators which can produce 1000 MW each in 2001 and 2002.
Hekinan, the biggest power plant in Japan, produces 4,100 megawatt per day which is equivalent to two times of power supply across Myanmar and four times of power consumption in Yangon.
The Myanmar delegation witnessed the plant’s arrangements with transparency for socio-economy of the local people living in the environs of the plant working agriculture and fishery for their livelihood.
Electricity produced by the coal-fired technology makes up 25 percent of Japan’s total power consumption.
After the Fukushima nuclear power plant was damaged by the tsunami in March, 2011, the demand of power from coal-fired plants has reached 30 percent of the country’s total consumption.
Further seven coal-fired power plants are under construction to fulfill the demand in the future.
It is estimated that to fulfill 26 percent of the country’s total consumption in 2030, further 45 coal-fired power plants need to be constructed.
Japan makes use of the most modern technologies in its coal-fired power stations to ensure low carbon emission.
Myanmar has a coal-fired power station in Shan State. Built in 2005, the station generates 120 megawatts of electricity, with a feasibility study being made on 11 power stations.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed on the construction of a 300-megawatt power station in Yangon Region and a 50-megawatt power station in Taninthayi Region with ethnic investments.
In addition, foreign firms have agreed to invest in nine power stations with the capacities of generating power ranging from 270 megawatts to 2,640 megawatts across the country.
On completion, these coal-fired power stations will generate over 9,000 megawatts of electricity, a basic ingredient for industrial development and high standards of living.
Before his visit to Hekinan, President U Thein Sein held talks with Chairman of CP Company Mr Dhanin Chearavanon and Chairman of Itochu Corporation Mr Masahiro Okafuji  over exporting value-added agricultural products to Japan.
At 9.30 am, the president held a meeting with Chairman of Mitsubishi Company Mr Ken Kobayashi over development of Thilawa Special Economic Zone, development of TadaU International Airport and Yangon Railway Station Complex Project.
President U Thein Sein and his entourage left Hekinan in a motorcade for Nagora Station on Sunday afternoon, proceeding to Kyoto Station in the evening and then to the Kyoto State Guest House, where they would put up.
At the guest house on the same evening, the president and his entourage were hosted to a dinner by the local government and traders.
President U Thein Sein addressed the dinner.—MNA

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