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How to re­duce loss in elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion?

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

Af­ter check­ing the ac­cu­racy and re­li­a­bil­ity of elec­tric me­ters by re­spon­si­ble per­sons at dif­fer­ent lev­els, they con­cluded that the loss in elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem is a whop­ping 17%. I think we need to re­view and pon­der on the en­tire process. How much is this re­li­able the data col­lec­tion and how much is the rel­e­vant data with the fi­nal con­clu­sion in this sur­vey? We need to look into it. Shall we be sat­is­fied with the data and re­sults is­sued by the peo­ple from higher au­thor­ity?

Myint Zaw – Chair­man, Myan­mar Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic As­so­ci­a­tion

There are losses and wastage in our elec­tri­cal dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem so that the state has to bear the cost of 1.7 bil­lion kyat an­nu­ally. This cost for sub­sidy borne by the state will in­crease un­less we can make re­form in this sec­tor. The loss in this sec­tor will in­crease an­nu­ally with 2.1 bil­lion kyat next year and 2.7 bil­lion kyat again next year. So we are fac­ing the sit­u­a­tion of the more the gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric­ity the more losses will be in­curred.

Khin Maung Win – Sec­re­tary, Myan­mar En­gi­neer Coun­cil

The world stan­dard in elec­tric­ity loss in dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem due to tech­ni­cal rea­sons is a mere 5%-7%. If the per­cent­age is more than this limit, we can say there must be ir­reg­u­lar­ity and dis­hon­esty in the sys­tem. The data and con­clu­sion should not be based on hu­man as­sess­ment, they must be based on au­to­matic ma­chin­ery and re­ly­ing on tech­nol­ogy. Only in this way, they can pro­duce the cor­rect an­swer and re­sult. It is time to pon­der the re­sult pro­duced by the en­ergy trans­parency pol­icy. If they re­ally want to ex­pose the true sit­u­a­tion in the sys­tem and they have a real de­sire to give rem­edy to this prob­lem, the tech­nol­ogy is ready for them and this work. And then we can give en­ergy to busi­nesses and the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor to up­lift the liv­ing of the peo­ple. The only thing they need to do is adopt a proper pol­icy and use this tech­nol­ogy.

Myint Zaw – Chair­man, Myan­mar Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic As­so­ci­a­tion

The Min­istry (Elec­tric Power) can man­age the loss in the dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem due to tech­ni­cal rea­sons. The loss due to tech­ni­cal rea­sons can be re­solved by in­stalling qual­ity equip­ment and ma­chin­ery, and by do­ing this sys­tem­at­i­cally. But we can­not man­age dis­tri­bu­tion loss due to elec­tric­ity theft, not the tech­ni­cal rea­sons. It will not dis­ap­pear if we con­tinue the cur­rent sys­tem. It is very dif­fi­cult to con­trol peo­ple and staff. The cor­rup­tion will con­tinue to ex­ist as the peo­ple are fac­ing the prob­lem of low in­come. If we can in­stall elec­tric me­ters which can be read from a dis­tance and me­ters which can be read re­motely from a con­trol room, we can know the ex­act amount of real dis­tri­bu­tion loss in the sys­tem. We can know ex­actly and can com­pare the en­ergy dis­trib­uted from the sys­tem and the con­sump­tion of the end users. So we can ex­pose elec­tric­ity theft and wrong­do­ing eas­ily and in­stantly. So we need to im­ple­ment this new sys­tem ur­gently.

Khin Maung Win – Sec­re­tary, Myan­mar En­gi­neer Coun­cil

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