Nov 2, 2015

US$5.8b required to power 7.2m homes: minister

Khin Maung Soe, union minister for electric power, said US$5.8 billion was required to power 7.2 million households.

The chair of the National Electrification Executive Committee told a workshop on national electrification: “Only 3 million households have access to electricity and 7 million do not. So electricity production is vital.”

Rakhine State, Chin State, Kalay, Tamu and Gangaw townships in Sagaing Region; Bhamo, Momauk and Mansi townships in Kachin State, Shan State and Tanintharyi Region have electricity around the clock.

The World Bank’s US$400 million loan will power 750,000 households, according to the minister.

It was projected that the first five years of the project would need US$670 million to power 1.7 million households.

Source: Eleven Weekly Meedia