Apr 28, 2012

Electricity demand exceeds supply in Myanmar

Electricity demand has far exceeded supply in Myanmar, especially in this summer season, forcing the authorities to take such measure as to supply the power alternately in a bid to ease the increased demand.

According to an announcement of the Ministry of Electric Power- 2 Saturday, due to an increase in number of electric power users and state-owned and private factories and workshops, and use of airconditioners and refrigerators because of high climate temperature apart from longer hour operation of ice factories, the demand has hit 1,890 megawatts (mw) against actual supply of 1,500 mw.

"Now, electric power is being supplied to urban townships in Yangon region round the clock, while those of other regions and states including Mandalay district are divided into three groups with each group under six-hour power cut alternately," the announcement said.

Accordingly, power will be provisionally supplied to industrial zones for one group which is from 7 a.m. to 12:00 noon, while the other group from 12:00 noon to 5 p.m., and power will be cut off for both groups from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., the announcement added.

Source: Xinhua