Gov’t plans three hydropower projects in Sagaing region

The regional government is planning to develop three hydropower projects in Homalin, Kani and Nanyon townships in Sagaing region under the guidance of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, said Than Nyunt Win, regional minister for electricity, industry and transport.

The company that won a tender to conduct an assessment of the potential for electricity generation from the Nantpan Ngarchaung micro hydropower plant, will submit a proposal at the end of March for a plant to generate electricity for Homalin at the end of March.

The regional government has meanwhile asked for technical help from the union government to conduct an assessment on produce electricity from streams in Kani, Than Nyunt Win said.

“The MPs said electricity is now provided in Kani using diesel generators and they want to implement a hydropower project in the area, as there are rivers and streams available for hydropower projects.”

Pansaung, near the Myanmar-India border is also being examined.

“There is a stream nearby and we are planning to generate electricity by building a hydropower plant to supply electricity at Pansaung,” said the regional minister.

He added that the proposals are still under evaluation and not included in the 2017-18 FSY budget.

He said hydropower projects could provide opportunities in employment, education, business and the social sectors.

Leshe, Lahe and Nanyon townships in the region have full access to electricity generated from hydropower plants and the regional government is continuing its work to supply electricity to villages in the townships.

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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