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  1. World Bank’s US$100 million credit to Myanmar continues hydroelectric infrastructure development in Irrawaddy River Basin

    Some of the 20 planned hydropower plants for Myanmar (formerly Burma), which is located in South East Asia, will be constructed within the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady in Burmese) River Basin, according to the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP). Myanmar has numerous hydroelectric projects in development, but last December it received a US$100 million credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association after forming administrative apparatus in the public, private and scientific sectors to manage and develop the Irrawaddy River Basin. The country's hydroelectric sector accounts for 74% of overall power generation and part of the credit will be used for feasibility studies on hydroelectric infrastructure. Irrawaddy is Myanmar’s largest river and most important commercial waterway. It originates from the confluence of the N'mai and Mali rivers in north central Myanmar. It flows from north to south in a relatively straight direction for about 2,170 km (1,348 miles) before emptying through the Irrawaddy Delta into the Andaman Sea. The World Energy Council estimates the hydropower potential of Myanmar’s four main rivers -- Irrawaddy, Thanlwin, Chindwin and Sittaung -- at 100,000 MW, but said that less than 10% of the potential has been harnessed. In its July 2013 presentation to Japan International Cooperation Agency in Tokyo, MOEP said its total installed capacity was 3,735 MW. And of that, 20 hydroelectric plants had a total installed capacity of 2,780 MW. Three years prior to receiving World Bank funding, Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport recommended the formation of the Irrawaddy [Ayeyarwady] River Basin Research Organization (ARBRO). ARBRO become an official organization in May 2012 and the government said it consists of more than 40 Myanmar researchers from all walks of life who possess long-term scientific and research experience in Myanmar and abroad. MOEP said, ARBRO is recognized by the Network of Asian River Basin Organizations. ARBRO, according to Myanmar government documents, is a stakeholder on the Irrawaddy [Ayeyarwady] Integrated Basin Management Project Consultation (AIRBM). AIRBM carried out its first consultation via the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) in Myanmar on May 16 and 19, 2014 in Mandalay and Yangon, respectively. Participants included civil society organizations, local non-government organizations (NGOs), International NGOs, the River Users’ Association, researchers, private sector and the media. DWIR prepared the “Environmental and Social Management Framework” (ESMF) report, and in Annex 6 of the document, it discusses “Resettlement Policy Framework.” “The proposed first phase will also lay the groundwork needed to undertake large-scale infrastructure investments in possible second or third phase (yet to be determined),” the ESMF said. “It will provide the government with the capacity to do basin-wide scenario analyses, to properly identify and assess the complex trade-offs that inevitably arise from large long-lived water infrastructure investments, and to follow economic, environmental and social good practices. “Therefore, the first phase will also support pre-feasibility, feasibility and other upstream technical studies for priority infrastructure investments that will be primarily identified in the course of a basin planning framework exercise (master plan) for potential funding in subsequent phases. A Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment report will be prepared in parallel with the river basin master plan during project implementation.” Karin Finkelston, vice president for Global Partnerships, which focuses on private sector development in emerging markets said, "Electricity is fundamental to reducing poverty and improving living standards for Myanmar's people, and hydropower is an important part of Myanmar's energy future. But, it has to be done in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.” A sustainable hydropower sector would help mitigate environmental and social risks while realizing the country's huge energy potential, she said, contributing to economic growth and shared prosperity. In late February 2013, MOEP announced it had received approval to develop six dam projects on the Salween River in the Myanmar states of Shan, Kayah (Karenni) and Karen. With a combined installed capacity of 15,460 MW, the projects will include the 1,400-MW Upper Salween or Kunlong Dam; 7,000-MW Mai Tong (Tasang Dam); the Nong Pha and Man Tung dams will have a combined installed capacity of 1,200 MW; 4,500-MW Ywathit Dam; and 1,360-MW Hatgyi Dam. Published reports indicate investment will come from five Chinese corporations, Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand International Co. Ltd. and three Myanmar corporations. There is about 2,000 MW of additional hydro capacity under construction in Myanmar including the 140-MW Upper Paunglaung Dam on the Paunglaung River; 120-MW Thauk Ye Khat on the lower Day Loh River; 52-MW Baluchaung 3 on the Baluchaung River; and the 280-MW Upper Yeywa on the Myitnge River. The World Bank Group and the International Hydropower Association are helping Myanmar develop a more sustainable hydropower sector by promoting best practices in technical, environmental and social standards.  

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    Thu, 26 Feb 2015

  2. China seeks solution to Myanmar's suspension of 6,000-MW Myitsone

    Officials of China and Myanmar met this week to "settle matters" related to Myanmar's abrupt suspension of construction of the 6,000-MW Myitsone hydroelectric project by Chinese contractors on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River.

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    Wed, 12 Oct 2011

  3. Toshiba wins turbine contract for Myanmar's 308-MW Upper Yeywa hydropower plant

    The Toshiba Corporation has been awarded a contract by the Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise to supply four turbine and generator units for the 308-MW Upper Yeywa hydropower project.

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    Mon, 30 Mar 2015

  4. Norway agency seeks hydropower consulting for Myanmar

    The Norwegian water resources and energy directorate seeks bids to provide hydropower consultancy services to the government of Myanmar .

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    Thu, 11 Sep 2014

  1. Myanmar signs Thai, Singapore firms to build 600-MW Taninthayi

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    Wed, 15 Oct 2008

  2. Myanmar approves Thanlwin River hydropower project

    The Myanmar Minister of Electric Power has granted approval to local company Asia World and China's Hanergy Group Holding Ltd. to develop a 1,400 MW hydropower plant along the Thanlwin River.

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    Wed, 28 May 2014

  3. India to help build Myanmar's 1,200-MW Tamanthi, 600-MW Shwezaye

    India's government-owned hydro developer has signed an agreement with the Myanmar government to develop the 1,200-MW Tamanthi and 600-MW Shwezaye hydroelectric projects on Myanmar's Chindwin River.

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    Mon, 22 Sep 2008

  4. Myanmar , India scrap two hydroelectric projects

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

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    Thu, 6 Jun 2013

  5. China, Myanmar , Thailand to study 7,000-MW hydro project

    China, Myanmar and Thailand have agreed to study a 7,000-MW Myanmar hydropower project that would be Southeast Asia's largest by generation capacity, the Chinese government and wire services reported.

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    Tue, 16 Nov 2010

  6. Grenade attack prompts evacuation of 1,200-MW Hutgyi site in Myanmar

    A grenade attack at the proposed site of the 1,200-MW Hutgyi hydroelectric project in Myanmar killed a worker from neighboring Thailand and forced others to flee, officials said.

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    Wed, 5 Sep 2007

  7. China to help Myanmar build three hydro projects

    Chinese and Myanmar officials have signed agreements for the development of three hydroelectric projects in Myanmar totaling 6,200 MW.

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    Wed, 17 Jan 2007

  8. India bank extends credit to Myanmar's 100-MW Thahtay Chaung

    The Export-Import Bank of India has extended a US$60 million line of credit to Myanma Foreign Trade Bank to finance the 100-MW Thahtay Chaung hydroelectric project to be built in Myanmar .

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    Mon, 5 Nov 2007

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