Expect longer blackouts until June 20, YESC says

Members of the public are expressing anger with the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) for announcing longer power cuts in the city. The YESC said in a statement on Wednesday that it will lengthen the duration of daily power cuts from two hours to six hours in every township in four districts. The longer blackouts […]

Electricity sector could lose K630billion in 2018-19

The electricity supply sector is forecast to lose about K630billion in the coming 2018-19 fiscal year, said Dr Tun Naing, deputy minister for Electricity and Energy, told Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday. “Power generation and distribution is expected to lose about K629.9 billion in the fiscal year of 2018-19,” Dr Tun Naing said during his presentation. In […]

Power struggle: supply falls short

Despite ongoing energy projects, the country’s chronic electricity shortage is set to continue, Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe says. “Electricity generated from hydropower, natural gas and coal-fired plants cannot overcome the country’s chronic shortage of electricity,” he said at a press conference earlier this month. The minister said Myanmar’s power consumption had […]

Power shortages hold Myanmar back

The recent protests in Yangon against a hike in electricity charges have shed some light on Myanmar’s serious power crisis. In the past three years Myanmar has witnessed the suspension of the Chinese-invested Myitsone dam project, mass demonstrations against blackouts in big cities like Yangon and Mandalay, and protests against the rate rise. Electricity is […]