Min­is­ter prom­ises no black­outs next sum­mer

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­times.com

TREDGING out an an­nual prom­ise that never seems to be re­alised, the min­is­ter for elec­tric­ity has promised no more black­outs for the sum­mer of 2017.

U Pe Zin Tun, Union min­is­ter for elec­tric­ity and en­ergy, told the Pyithu Hlut­taw on Septem­ber 2 that prepa­ra­tions are al­ready un­der way to gen­er­ate ad­e­quate power sup­ply to com­pen­sate for when the mer­cury rises in 2017.

The min­is­ter was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from lower house MP U Nay Myo Htet (NLD; Kyauk­tada) about gov­ern­ment plans to stave off the yearly short­ages of water and elec­tric­ity that plague the coun­try’s cities ev­ery hot sea­son.

“We have ar­ranged to pro­vide a to­tal power sup­ply of 390 megawatts per day in the sum­mer. That should en­sure ad­e­quate elec­tric­ity sup­ply and no more black­outs in the sum­mer of 2017,” said the union min­is­ter.

Last year, 246MW were pro­duced daily in hot sea­son, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry. But con­sump­tion soared to 300MW per day over March, April and May.

To ac­count for the com­ing sum­mer’s ad­di­tional power de­mands, the min­istry an­tic­i­pates it will rely on a patch­work of sources, gen­er­at­ing 25MW from the num­ber 2 Thi­lawa power plant, 45MW from a steam tur­bine at the Mawlamyine power plant project and 300MW from pri­vate power com­pa­nies based in Yan­gon Re­gion. An ad­di­tional 20MW is ex­pected from the My­int­thar Hy­dropower Project be­ing im­ple­mented by Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Live­stock and Ir­ri­ga­tion.

The to­tal power gen­er­ated should ex­ceed the de­mand, the min­is­ter said.

He added that power short­ages last year were also caused by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. The na­tional grid­line was taken out of com­mis­sion 10 times last sum­mer by weather con­di­tions.

To pre­vent fur­ther power fail­ures, the min­istry has re­placed old and tan­gled ca­bles and mal­func­tion­ing trans­form­ers across all re­gions and states, he added.

The coun­try’s to­tal elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion last sum­mer ex­ceeded 2730MW, while all power sta­tions gen­er­ated 2450MW com­bined, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

The coun­try’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal, Yan­gon, is re­spon­si­ble for more than half of the na­tional elec­tric­ity de­mand.

– Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.