Myanmar reports on power generation
Electric power generated by the state-run Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE), the main electricity supplier of
the country, totalled 1.649 bn kWh in the first four months of this year, 2.9 % more than the same period of 2000,
said the latest issue of the government Economic Indicators. However, the installed generating capacity of the MEPE
remained at 1,172 MW at the end of April this year, the same as previous year ago.
Official statistics show that in 2000, electric power generated by the MEPE went to 5.028 bn kWh, 17 % more than 1999. According to the MEPE, since 1988, Myanmar's electric power installed generating capacity has increased by 509 MW, of which that of natural gas power plants rose by 255 MW, while that of steam power ones by 143 MW and that of hydropower ones by 111 MW.
Myanmar is implementing five more hydropower plants -- Paunglaung, Zaungtu, Mone, Thaphanseik and Maipan. Three of them are being built by China. Upon their completion, the five power plants will add 407MW more to Myanmar's installed generating capacity and is expected to greatly ease the serious electricity shortage problem of the country.