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New electricity generation and distribution planned for Sagaing Region under five year plan

The government will build at least three new power plants and electrical distribution systems in Sagaing Region under a multibillion kyat 2017-2022 plan of Ministry of Electricity and Energy plan, according to a Myanmar News Agency report on yesterday’s Pyithu Hluttaw proceedings.

Dr. Tun Naing, Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy told Pyithu Hluttaw representatives that his agency will request a total of Ks4.1 billion in Union budget allocations this fiscal year and next for a 66-kilovolt generation plant, five transformer stations and a 26-mile power grid project in Sagaing Region. The ministry is studying the feasibility of installing a small or medium sized hydro-electrical power plant be- tween Nan Win Creek and Nan Thalet Creek in Sagaing, the deputy minister said.

The deputy minister also said the government intends to spend Ks1.5 billion for a 33-kilovolt plant, a 16-mile electrical grid and five transformers in Mone Town. The last projects Dr. Tun Naing described under the five year plan were a 37-mile, 66 kilovolt power grid between Chauk and Yenanchaung with 15 transformers and a 33 kilovolt grid between Yenanchaung proper and an industrial zone nearby.

After that, Hluttaw representatives discussed the motion submitted by U Win Win of Minbu constituency urging the Union Government to distribute local-made Urea Fertilizer with systematic packing for quality control, to farmers at reasonable prices. The Hluttaw also discussed the need for distribution of urea fertilizer at reasonable prices and a method to prevent counterfeit products from entering the market. Myanmar’s agricultural industry suffers from a dearth of quality fertilizer, resulting in high prices, chronically low yields and poor quality crops.

Only three of five of Myanmar’s major fertilizer are currently active, said U Ne Htet Win, a representative of Hsin Paung Wei Township, Magway Region.

Dr. Tun Naing, the minister for electricity and energy told the body that on-shore gas wells that supplied fuel to two fertilizer plants had recently become unproductive. “So only three fertilizer factories are running as normal, producing only 7% of the agricultural needs of the whole country”, he said. “The remaining demand is being met through imports by private sector.”

Daw Thanda, a representative from Einme constituency emphasized that time was of the essence as farmers needed access to fertilizer at reasonable prices as agricultural loans are disbursed.

Reference: GNLM

June 9, 2017

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