Ministry calls tender to supply Yangon electricity

In its first public tender since taking office in April the Ministry of Electricity and Energy has called for private sector companies to supply 300 megawatts of power to Yangon per day for five years.

The tender, published in state media, is designed to ensure that by next summer the ministry is able to distribute adequate electricity across Yangon city, whose dense population frequently suffers power shortages, permanent secretary U Htain Lwin told The Myanmar Times.

“However the companies decide to produce power, we want to have it by the summer. They must find a suitable site on their own,” he said, adding that the ministry will accept the lowest-priced bid. Electricity consumption in downtown Yangon is rising fast, from 1050MW in 2015 to 1250MW in 2016 according to Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation.

YESC is a recent experiment in privatisation, aimed at reducing running costs and the national budget deficit. Until 2015 it was the Yangon Electricity Supply Board, which generated around 1000MW of electricity in Yangon Region

Source: Myanmar Times

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