Oct 3, 2013

Firms interested in Myanmar wind power

Firms from Thailand and China are studying the feasibility of wind power in Myanmar, where 70% of the population has no access to electricity, media reports said on Sunday.

Gunkul Engineering Public Company Ltd of Thailand and China Three Gorges Company agreed to study wind power generation in separate parts of the country, Aung Myo Win, assistant director of the ministry of electric power, told the New Light of Myanmar.

Gunkul Engineering will conduct feasibility studies for the construction of windmills in the Taninthayi region and the Mon, Kayin and Shan states, with a target of producing 2,930 megawatts of electricity, he said.

China Three Gorges will do similar studies in the Chin and Rakhine states, and the Irrawaddy and Yangon regions, aiming to produce 1,102 megawatts.

"Feasibility studies are underway for developing commercial wind power," Aung Myo Win said. "They will push ahead with the business if wind power is found to be economically feasible."

Myanmar, under economic sanctions by Western nations during the junta's rule of 1988 to 2010, has carried out political and economic reforms in the past two years under elected President Thein Sein.

Most Western sanctions were dropped last year, but foreign firms claim that a major disincentive for investment in the newly opened economy is the lack of electricity.

Source: Bangkok Post