Work on solar power plant begins; to serve over 1,000 households in Manaung

Stake driving ceremony for the construction of a solar power plant, which will supply electricity to over 1,000 households being convened in Manaung Township yesterday. Photo: MNA
Stake driving ceremony for the construction of a solar power plant, which will supply electricity to over 1,000 households being convened in Manaung Township yesterday. Photo: MNA

The construction of a solar power plant, which will supply electricity to more than 1,000 households in Manaung Township, began yesterday.
The project was launched by the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, the Rakhine State Government, and the POSCO Daewoo Corporation.
“The plant will be built from November 2018 to May 2019 at a cost of US$2.5 million, which is being funded by the POSCO Daewoo Corporation under the its CSR scheme,” said the Union Minister for Electricity and Energy, U Win Khaing, at a ceremony to drive stakes for the plant in Manaung.
Upon completion of the plant, more than 1,000 households will get access to 24-hour power supply.
The solar power plant is the first phase of a project being implemented by the Ministry of Electricity and Energy to supply 24-hour power to Manaung Township. The project has been divided into three phases.
In the second phase of the project, a diesel-and-energy saving hybrid system will be implemented. Plans are under way to get loans for the second phase, which will supply 24-hour power to over 49,000 households in 57 villages in the
township.
In preparation for the second phase, the Rakhine State Government built 51 transformers in the 2016-2017 fiscal year at a cost of nearly K4 billion with government funds. In the 2017-2018 FY, two more transformers and cable lines were set up at a cost of over K2.8 million with government funds. In the 2018-2019 FY, the government has spent K3.4 million on three more transformers and cable lines.
The third phase will supply power to the remaining villages in Manaung Township.
At the ceremony, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, POSCO Daewoo Corporation’s CEO, Mr. Young Sang Kim, and other dignitaries also drove stakes to launch the power plant project.—MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin )

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