Norway-Asia Business Review - - Snapshots -

Power short­ages have dogged Myan­mar f. for decades. Black outs and brown outs were a act of life un­til re­cently.

When the Na­tional League for Democ­racy won the elec­tions in 2015 they an­nounced d. a new era of lib­er­al­i­sa­tion and eco­nomic evel­op­ment.

De­mand for elec­tric­ity in­creases at more than 10% per year. Three Master Plans for Power De­vel­op­ment were for­mu­lated dur­ing a. the pre­vi­ous regime. As yet, none have been dopted by the new gov­ern­ment.

Only 30% of Myan­mar’s pop­u­la­tion is con­nected to the na­tional power grid, so the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion has to rely on v. can­dles and bat­ter­ies. Less than 20% of ru­ral

il­lages are con­nected to the grid. e.

The gov­ern­ment has promised to pro­vide lec­tric­ity to the whole coun­try by 2020

The new en­ergy min­is­ter U Win Khaing wants to en­er­gise the power sec­tor, re­ly­ing on p. hy­dro­elec­tric­ity and LNG-pow­ered plants to ro­vide the coun­try’s en­ergy needs.

So­lar and wind power have a large po­ten­tial to sup­ple­ment the elec­tric­ity the power grid but are in­ter­mit­tent and un­re­li­able.

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