Myanmar’s first low-head hydropower plant in Mandalay Region

Union Ministers attend launching of Deedok (lower head)  hydropower project.
Union Ministers attend launching of Deedok (lower head) hydropower project.

A low-head hydropower project was started on Tuesday in an area 12 miles off the Yeywa power plant in PyinOoLwin, Mandalay Region, officials said.
Speaking at the ceremony, Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe said top priority is given to the power supply sector alongside the energy sector.According to the union minster, Myanmar sees a 15 percent increase of power demand every year, which he expects will hit 4,531 megawatts in 2020 and 8,020 in 2025 and 14,542 in 2030.The country has 43 power plants, whose actual generation is 4,987 megawatts but this year they can produce only 2,232 megawatts. He stressed that measures are being taken to ensure less effect on the environs of the project.
Myanmar mainly relies on its rich water sources to generate electricity.Upon completion, Deedok, the low-head hydropower project, is expected to produce 279.6 kilowatt hours a year.
Myanmar signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australia on 7 May last year. According to the agreement, Australia will provide loans to Myanmar for the construction of the low-head power project with the help of Swiss engineers, which will take four years to complete.
The ceremony was attended by Union Ministers U Soe Thane, U Win Tun, U Zeyar Aung, U Ohn Myint, Dr Myint Aung and Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Ye Myint.

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