Rakhine’s Tha Htay Chaung Hydro Dam Nearly 50 Percent Complete

Construction on the Tha Htay Chaung Hydropower Dam in Rakhine State is almost 50 percent complete, with electricity production to begin in the next few years, according to the re­gional government.

The project has reached 42.74 percent complete at a cost of K17 billion, said U Aung Naing Tun, director of the Tha Htay Chaung project.

The dam will generate 111 megawatts of electricity which will meet the needs of Rakhine State as well as neighbour­ing states and regions, U Aung Naing Tun said.

In comparison, the suspended Myitsone hy­dropower dam in Kachin State was planned to gen­erate 6,000 megawatts of electricity.

“Rakhine State’s draws electricity from the grid but it struggles to fully supply access across the whole state. We want to see supply increase be­cause although we have access to electricity, it’s at a low voltage,” said U Win Lae Ko, a resident of Pauktaw, a town in South­ern Rakhine State.

Critics of large-scale hydropower projects say that their environmental and social cost far out­weighs the benefits. Un­der the military regime, dozens of large-scale hy­dropower projects were implemented across the country and many have been marred by contro­versy.

In 2011, former Presi­dent Thein Sein suspend­ed the Chinese backed Myitsone Dam amid growing public backlash against the forced dis­placement of locals and the project’s potential im­pact on the Ayeyarwaddy river.

Construction on the Tha Htay Chaung dam began in 2008 and is slated for completion in the 2023-24 fiscal year. When complete the dam, which spans the That Htay Chaung Creek near Thandwe township, will stand 208 feet high and 298 feet long.

Source: Mmbiztoday

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