Rakhine aims at plus 75% electrification by 2025

Buthidaung electrical sub-station in Rakhine State.  Photo: MNA
Buthidaung electrical sub-station in Rakhine State.  Photo: MNA

The Rakhine State Electrical Engineer Office reports that they are working to increase Rakhine’s electrification ratio to over 45 per cent in 2020-2021 and above 75 per cent in 2025.
The state’s current electrification ratio is at 21 per cent with electricity distributed to 1,895 out of 3,742 villages. To put it differently, 50.58 per cent of villages in the entire state receive electricity.
The highest electrical consumption of the National Power Grid is 3600 megawatts and increases by 15 to 19 per cent annually. Rakhine State aims to increase its electrical output by utilizing its natural resources. Authorities aim to complete the Thahtay hydroelectric project (111 megawatts) in Thandwe within the 2024-2025 FY and the natural gas-powered electric station project (135 megawatts) in 2020-2021 FY.
An official from the Rakhine State Electrical Engineer Office said there are four townships left in Rakhine State that do not receive electricity from the power grid, namely Manaung, Kyeintali, Sane, and Taung Pyo. He said they plan to direct electricity to Sane and Kyeintali by the end of March. He said Manaung will receive 24-hour solar powered systems at the end of May and construction of a substation in Kyeinchaung is under way to provide power to Taung Pyo, with support from JICA. The substation will provide 11KV to Taung Pyo. With two townships to receive power in March and one more in May, Taung Pyo will be the only township left to receive electricity in Rakhine State, said the official.
Plans to link Rakhine State with the National Power Grid were initiated in 2011. By December 2014, authorities completed construction on a 230KVA transmission line (408.25 miles long), four 230KVA primary substations, a 66KVA transmission line (354.71 miles) and a 66KVA substation. This allowed electricity from the National Power Grid to be distributed to Taungup, Kyaukpyu, An, Ponnagyun, Sittway, MraukU, Thandwe, Yanbye, Kyauktaw, and neighbouring villages.
In addition, authorities constructed a 66/11KV 5MVA substation and a 66/33KV 10MVA substation to distribute electricity to Maei, Minbya townships and surrounding villages in 2016. In July 2017, a 66KV transmission line 55 miles long from a 230KV substation and a 66/11KV 5MVA substation were linked to Gwa township and surrounding villages. And finally, in 2018, electric distribution was achieved to Yathedaung Township in March, Buthidaung Township in October, and Maungtaw township in December, according to the Rakhine State Electrical Engineer Office. —Han Lin, Ramanya (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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