Myanmar wants to see 50 per cent of households electrified next year

Photo of Baluchaung No.2 Hydropower Plant with installed capacity of 168 MW which serves as a major electric power source producing around 10 per cent of electricity generation in Myanmar.—Photo: Ye Myint
Photo of Baluchaung No.2 Hydropower Plant with installed capacity of 168 MW which serves as a major electric power source producing around 10 per cent of electricity generation in Myanmar.—Photo: Ye Myint

Yangon, 12 Feb — Making strides towards providing all households with electricity access by 2030, Myanmar envisages that nearly half the country’s more than 9 million households will get access in the 2015-2016 FY, the Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung
Soe said.
Despite an increase in per capita consumption of electricity from 104 kWh to 190 kWh since the time of the new government, only 33 per cent of households have access to electricity across the country, he
added.
The latest data indicated Myanmar, with a population of over 52 million, has more than 3.2 million electrified households, up from about 2.1 million households in 2010. About 30,000 villages of more than 60,000 have access to grid-based electricity in rural areas.
He highlighted the need to pay attention to unelectrified households, numbering 7.2 million.
Pointing out the expected rise in electricity consumption, reaching more than 4,500 MW in 2020, an increase from current electrification of 2,340 MW, the Union minister called for generation of more than 2,000 MW for 7.2 million more households to get electrified. A World Bank-funded electrification project in Myanmar will be able to create electricity access for 1.7 million households only, he said.
According to the World Bank, Myanmar’s electricity access is expected to improve in the first five years from 2015 to 2019 with there being a feasibility of implementing about 1.7 million additional grid connections. It suggested more than 517,000 connections have to be made each year after 2019 to meet the 2030 national electrification target.
Myanmar, which has several sources for generating electricity, has the lowest electrification rate in Southeast Asia.
According to the ministry, the country sees a 15 per cent increase in power demand every year, expecting to hit 4,531 megawatts in 2020, 8,020 in 2025 and 14,542 in 2030.— GNLM

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