Yangon consumes half the country’s electricity

Myanmar’s power plants will produce a maximum of 2,500 megawatts of electricity this summer, of which Yangon will consume about 1,250 MW, said Union Minister for Electric Power Khin Maung Soe at the opening ceremony of the Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) sub-power station in East Dagon Township on Sunday.

The country consumed about 2,430 MW last summer, of which Yangon consumed 1,050 MW. Myanmar’s commercial city is expected to use up more electricity this year, the minister said.

The ministry has set up power facilities in Ahlon, Hlaingthaya, Thaketa and East Dagon townships to satisfy Yangon’s increasing power demands due to rising urbanisation and industrialisation.

According to official statistics, out of the country’s 10 million households (51 million people), only 2.22 million had access to electricity in 2011. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, 3.7 million households, or 34 per cent of the country’s households, had access to electricity, while about 6.8 million households still lack regular access.

The country’s total installed capacity is 5,235 MW, which is produced by hydropower, gas, diesel, and coal-fired power stations.