Power cuts unlikely despite power project delays, says YESC

Delays to emergency power projects are not expected to cause major power shortages this hot season, a Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation official says, because COVID-19 has forced many businesses – particularly factories – to temporarily close or scale back operations. The government announced an emergency power tender last year following severe power shortages in May […]

Yangon to Cancel Self-help Electrification Programs

All self-help electrification programs in Yangon Region will be canceled, given that the regional government is carrying out its plan to provide electricity access to all villages, according to Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. “Village electrification committees are working for their own influence and power. We found out that some of the committees […]

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 […]

Yangon Region expects to need 1700MW of electricity this year

Electricity consumption in Yangon Region is expected to reach 1700 megawatts this year, said U Tun Kywe, CEO of the Yangon Electricity Supply Corp (YESC). Yangon used 1548MW last year, which is expected to increase based on growth rates, historical data and new projects. “There are many new and extended projects in Yangon. Electricity usage […]

Upgrade Underway to Improve Power in Yangon

The government is upgrading electricity generation, transmission and distribution in Yangon Region, Daw Nilar Kyaw, minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication, told a news conference to mark the first anniversary of the government. She said that during fiscal 2016-17, the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) installed new cables in a pilot project in Hlaing, Dala, Tarmwe and Hlaing […]

Yangon Power Company Readies Budget for System Improvements

The Yangon Electricity Supply Corp (YESC) will spend Ks 17,618.473 million on power distribution in fiscal 2017-18. The regional government will implement the projects with loans from the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. In an bid to upgrade the power distribution system, YESC will carry out the construction […]

Yangon Needs to Generate More Power: Minister

​​ Yangon Region will need more power this year, according to Dr Htun Naing, deputy minister for electricity and energy. He asked Parliament on March 13 for Ks30 billion (US$22 million) to purchase a generator of 25 megawatt capacity. Yangon may need 200 more megawatts, since Ywama power plant can increase production up to 75 […]

YESC Stepping in to Provide Electricity

​​ Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) has pledged to support the electricity infrastructure for developers in Yangon. On August 12 last year, the YESC announced that all developers applying for a Building Completion Certificate (BCC) from Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) would need to determine whether or not the building required the installation of a […]

Developers push back on YESC power play

Dozens of construction firms sent a joint letter to the Yangon Region government challenging an August directive from the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation to install transformers on new buildings that use more than 30 kilowatts of electricity. The letter, dated September 28 and signed by 40 local developers, says that not all construction companies can afford to […]

YESC targets 1400 megawatts for Yangon

Yangon’s electricity supplier is hoping to increase power distribution in the blackout-plagued commercial capital to 1400 megawatts by next year. “In the coming year, we expect 1350 or 1400 megawatts,” U Thant Zin, general manager of Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation, said at a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The YESC general manager said […]