The Electric Power Generation Enterprise (EPGE) under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has called for purchase tenders at five power projects with the aim of producing over 1000MW of energy in time for summer next year.

The invitation comes after State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi last week officiated the opening of the Minbu Solar Plant project, Myanmar’s first commercial solar-powered plant, in Magwe Region.

In Minbu, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said an additional 1200MW of power will need to be generated over the short term to fulfill demand in the coming year.

This will be purchased from existing gas-fired plants as well as floating power plants, U Ye Tun Zaw, an engineer for the MOEE, told The Myanmar Times.

“Now that the power tariffs have been raised, more attempts will be made to minimise the number of blackouts during the summer of 2020. Over the short term, this will involve buying additional power,” he said.

The MOEE will buy 900MW of power from three liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in Kyaukphyu, Thanlyin and Thaketa and 140MW from two gas-fired plants in Kyun Chaung and in Ahlone over five years, according to EPGE. The ministry will supply gas for the latter two projects on a pass-through basis.

To distribute the purchased electricity, five power stations will be prepared Kyaukphyu, Kyun Chaung, Ahlone, Thanlyin and Thaketa as locations nearest to the national transmission lines.

Site visits will be arranged for Ahlone, Kyaukphyu, Thanlyin and Thaketa and tender proposals must be submitted no later than July 29. – Translated