The Electricity Supply Enterprise (ESE) under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy and 12 companies on Thursday signed agreements for the implementation of electrification projects in seven areas, including the Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory.
At the signing ceremony held in Nay Pyi Taw, U Saw Win Maung, the Managing Director of the Electricity Supply Enterprise inked construction agreements with representatives from the 12 companies which won the tenders for the projects.
The newly signed C1-W2, C1-W3, C1-W4 and C1-W5 projects are part of the ministry’s National Electrification Plan (NEP), which is being carried out by the ESE with loans provided by the World Bank (WB). The agreements target to electrify 193,013 households in Rakhine, Chin, and Shan states, Sagaing, Magway, and Bago regions, and Nay Pyi Taw.
At the signing ceremony, U Win Khaing, the Union Minister for Electricity and Energy, said efforts are being made to meet the ministry’s electrification target of 55 per cent by 2020 and 75 per cent by 2025, under the goal to increase the supply of electricity throughout the country by 2030.
The WB granted US$400 million to Myanmar to implement the National Electrification Plan, developed between May 2013 and August 2014, with $1.5 million funds allocated under the head of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The ministry’s grid extension projects are currently being implemented with $310 million from the WB grant, and the remaining $90 million has been earmarked for off-grid rural electrification projects that will be carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
As an initial stage, the ministry is currently implementing grid extension to electrify 5,080 villages located within two miles of the national grid. The ministry has bought 60 per cent of project-related machineries and equipments such as transformers, concrete electric pillars, power cables, and related accessories.
Construction work on the first phase of the NEP will begin next month. The first phase targets to electrify 5,080 villages located within two miles of the national grid. Upon completion of this phase, a total of 626,757 households will have access to electricity through the national grid.
The ministry said the implementation of the second phase of the project will be finalized in late September in 2021, and it will target villages situated within five miles of the national grid. Upon completion of Phases I and II, a total of 1,032,411 households will have access to electricity, increasing the country’s electrification rate to about 9.5 per cent. In 2021, the country’s electrification rate is expected to rise to 55 per cent.—MNA
Khaing Thanda Lwin)