Paddy husk-fired power plant opened in Nay Pyi Taw

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio visits the husk-fired power plant in Pyinmana. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio attended the opening of a paddy husk-powered plant held in the compound of the Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation (MAPCO) in Maezaligon Village, Pyinmana Township yesterday morning.
At the ceremony, Union Minister Dr Aung Thu said that the demand for electricity in Myanmar is estimated to increase to 3,100 megawatts in 2017, meaning 244 megawatts of power are still needed. The government’s current electricity generation capacity is only 2,856 megawatts. The rural areas will have access to electricity if the paddy husk-fired plants are built in the areas where many rice mills are located. He pledged that the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation would provide necessary assistance for  similar projects in accordance with rules and regulations.
Paddy husks are the hard protective coverings of grains of rice that are removed during processing. In addition to protecting rice during the growing season, rice hulls can be put to use as building materials, fertilizer, insulation material, or fuel.
Chairman of MAPCO U Chit Khaing said that the electricity generated by the power plant will be used in operating rice mills under MAPCO and steps will be taken to distribute surplus electricity to nearby areas. Matters on generating power and reducing environmental impact were clarified in detail by officials from Yanmar, the Japanese company that manufactures diesel engines and rice-planting machines.
Union Ministers Dr. Aung Thu and Dr. Than Myint, MAPCO Chairman U Chit Khaing and officials from Yanmar cut the ribbon to formally open the paddy husk-powered plant. The Vice President and party unveiled the stone plaque of the plant and sprinkled scented water on it, a Myanmar tradition. The Vice President also toured the inside of the plant and heard reports on working processes presented by the officials.
Arrangements are being made to construct paddy husk-fired power plants in Ayeyawady, Bago, Sagaing and Yangon Region. It is learnt that construction of a paddy husk-fired power plant in Kyaitlat Township which is expected to generate 2.2 megawatts of electricity in Ayeyawady Region is 99 per cent complete. The newly inaugurated paddy husk-fired plant constructed with the use of state-of-the-art technology from Japan will be capable of generating 0.5 megawatts of electricity.—Myanmar News Agency

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