Monday, October 8, 2012

Burma to allow private entrepreneurs to generate electricity

Monday, 08 October 2012 12:48 Mizzima News

Private companies in Burma have been given permission to generate electricity production as independent producers as part of its bid to help ease power shortages in the country, state-run media reported on Sunday.

The entrepreneurs will be allowed to generate 230 KV (kilovolts) and 66 KV, said the Ministry of Electric Power in a report in the New Light of Myanmar.

Marchers protest the lack of sufficient electricity for the third day in Rangoon on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Candles have become the symbol of the country's shortage of electricity after widespread power cuts. The demonstration went off without incident, but was closely monitored by security forces. Photo: Mizzima

In May, demonstrations against the country's power cuts took place for several weeks in Rangoon, Mandalay, Monywa, Bago, Pyay and Pathein.

Burma experiences regular power shortages and cannot produce enough electricity to serve the country’s needs. The authorities have taken stop-gap measures to ease the power crisis by ordering some 12 heavy-duty generators of 300 to 500 KV and two gas turbines from the Caterpillar Co. and General Electric Co, as well as from Singapore.

They were to be earmarked to provide more electricity in Rangoon, Mandalay and Pyay. In addition, the authorities also hired three 120-megawatt gas turbines from Japan to help generate power.

According to the ministry, the number of electrical power users and state-owned and private factories and businesses require around 1,890 megawatts compared to an actual supply of around 1,500 mw.

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