New GIS power station to serve seven Yangon townships

The very first 230-KV GIS technology power sutstation. Photo: MNA
The very first 230-KV GIS technology power sutstation. Photo: MNA

A new 230-KV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) technology power substation was commissioned into service in East Dagon Township yesterday, supplying more electricity to seven townships in Yangon Region.
Myanmar’s first GIS power substation was installed in the 2011-2012 fiscal year along with several other facilities as part of an effort to satisfy an increase in power demand in Yangon due to rising urbanisation and industrialisation, said Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe at the opening ceremony held at the sub-power station.
The implementation of power facilities came with short-term and long-term plans as the electricity consumption of Yangon Region has increased from 1050 MW in 2015 to 1,250 MW in the summer of 2016, while the country’s highest supply reached 2,430 MW in the dry season, he added.
The completion of the GIS sub-power station and power grid line are expected benefit people and industries in South Dagon, North Dagon, East Dagon, Shwepaukkan, South Okkalapa, North Okkalapa and Mingaladon townships.
The new facilities cost more than US$18 million.
At present, only 34 percent of the country’s population can access electricity. Yangon’s electricity consumption is higher than in other parts of the country. The GIS substation will provide additional electricity to the eastern parts of Yangon Region.
According to official statistics, out of the country’s 10 million households, only 2.22 million had access to electricity in 2011.
In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, 3.7 million households, or 34 per cent of the country’s households, had access to electricity, while about 6.8 million households still lack regular access.
To provide people with sufficient power supply, successive governments are obliged to implement power projects, said Union Minister U Khin Maung Soe, stressing the need for boosting the country’s power generating capacity.
While neighbouring Thailand produces 27,000 MW with 4,000 MW reserve, Myanmar can produce about 3,500 MW, said the union minister, adding that Myanmar needs to produce another 20,000 MW to catch up with Thailand.
Only when the country builds more hydro power, coal-fired and natural gas stations to generate electricity will the goal of nation-wide power access be reached, he added.—Myanmar News Agency

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