Magwe inks deal for wind power fea­si­bil­ity study

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - NAY AUNG [email protected]­times.com

AN agree­ment has been signed by Magwe re­gional gov­ern­ment and In­fra Cap­i­tal Myan­mar-reex to carry out fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for a wind power pro­ject in the re­gion.

The pro­ject, which started last year, will look at gen­er­at­ing wind power in six town­ships – Minhla, Minbu, Min­don, Ngape, Chauk and Nat­mauk, said U Myint Zaw, re­gional min­is­ter for Nat­u­ral Re­sources, En­vi­ron­ment, Elec­tric­ity and En­ergy.

“Af­ter de­ter­min­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of wind power, we will sub­mit the re­sults to the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment,” said the min­is­ter.

The min­is­ter said the re­gion wants the pro­ject to be im­ple­mented un­der the cur­rent gov­ern­ment, and pos­si­ble sites for the pro­ject have al­ready been cho­sen in four town­ships.

“Af­ter we fin­ish ne­go­ti­a­tions next year, con­struc­tion can be­gin. The goal is to start pro­duc­ing power by 2021,” Magwe Chief Min­is­ter U Aung Moe Nyo said. Stud­ies will be con­ducted on whether the 137-me­tre-tall wind tur­bines will harm mi­gra­tory birds, he said.

The pro­ject is ex­pected to pro­duce more elec­tric­ity than Magwe uses. How soon the pro­ject can be fin­ished de­pends on the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment, said U Myint Zaw.

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