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Myanmar, India scrap two hydroelectric projects

Indian developers have canceled development of two large hydropower projects planned for construction in Myanmar, sources report.

Affected by the decision are the 1,200-MW Tamanthi (also spelled "Htamanthi") and 642-MW Shwezaye hydroelectric plants -- both of which would have been built on Myanmar's Chindwin River.

HydroWorld.com reported that India's National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and Myanmar officials had signed agreements to develop the projects in September 2008.

State-owned utility New Light of Myanmar then signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of Tamanthi with Italian-Thai Development Public Co. Ltd. of Thailand and Windfall Energy Services Ltd. of Singapore in October 2008, before NHPC announced it was preparing detailed project reports for both projects in August 2011.

Sources said the results of NHPC's report revealed the cost of constructing the projects would likely have been prohibitive.

The combined price of the projects -- coupled with mounting political pressure from indigenous and environmental groups -- was cited as the primary reasons for their cancelation.


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