Large hydropower projects to continue in Myanmar Govt

Although electricity generated by natural gas is expected to rise, Myanmar is planning to continue implementing large hydropower projects such as the Myitsone Dam project to meet the country’s electricity needs, U Khin Maung Win, Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy, told Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on July 27. 

“Myanmar is rich in hydro resources and the cost of production is low compared to other sources of power. When some of the large hydropower projects in Myanmar are complete, the country can reduce its reliance on gas and coal-fired power plants, which is more expensive. These plants can be used as reserves or respond to the country’s needs on demand,” he said.

U Knin Maung Win added that development of projects like Mytsone should recommence so that Myanmar can distribute adequate electricity to the people and that negotiations should continue between the government and local residents to ensure as little impact on livelihoods and the environment as possible. 

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