Aug 1, 2015

Ministry Requires More Buildings to Install Transformers

The Ministry of Electric Power (MEP) has issued an official regulation requiring every new apartment construction project that consumes 30 kilowatts (KW) of electricity or more to install transformers, according to an official from the Yangon Electricity Supply Board (YESB).

However, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has not adopted any rules for installing transformers in new apartment buildings and discussions are going on between the two departments, according to YCDC.

“We haven’t set any rules yet. The Ministry of Electric Power has requested that we implement this regulation. But we have to think about the public’s convenience. Now we are discussing this with related departments. We will choose the best option,” said an assistant director from Engineering Division under YCDC.

The existing regulations for MEP requires only apartment buildings with over 18 units install a transformer, but the MEP suggested that this requirement be extended to all apartment buildings that use at least 30KW and have more than four electricity meters.

As almost every apartment building in the city uses more than four meters, construction firms say they may face losses if they have to install a transformer. A 50KV transformer costs around K10 million and this regulation might bring many construction projects to a halt.

“Before, we had to install a transformer for a building with over 18 units. But now this applies to all buildings with more than four meters, which means more than four units because each unit uses its own meter. Construction companies may face losses as many make only K50 million in profit per year constructing buildings without transformers. If this regulation is enforced, construction companies will have no choice but to stop,” said U San Yu, site manager of Toe Paut Construction Company.

A total of 451 construction projects to build apartment buildings were approved by YCDC during the 2014-15 fiscal year, compared with 172 projects approved in 2013-14.

Source: Myanmar Business Today