Four hydropower projects get green light

Four hydropower plants are being planned on the Doketawaddy River and expected to generate around 1,150 megawatts, according to state newspapers.

One of the projects is the Upper Yeywar power plant following the Yeywar plant with a 790MW capacity which began operating recently. Upper Yeywar is due to have a 280MW capacity and has been under construction since 2010 and is due to be finished by 2018 with the consulting services from the Lahmeyr Stucky SA.

The Deedote (66MW), Namtu (100MW) and Middle Yeywar (700WM) plants will be built alongside.

All the untapped resources should be utilised to produce more electricity since usage would increase rapidly in the next five years, said Khin Maung Soe, the minister for electric power.

New hydropower and gas-powered plants produced more than 1,777MW in 2015. The households that can use electricity increased from 2.2 million to 3.4 million last year and 7.47 million households still do not have access to electricity.