13 Feb Myanmar aims to electrify 50 percent of households by 2016

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Electric power pylon carrying electricity cables from Biluchaung Hydropower Station in Kayah State, Myanmar. Photo: Ye Min/Mizzima
Electric power pylon carrying electricity cables from Biluchaung Hydropower Station in Kayah State, Myanmar. Photo: Ye Min/Mizzima

Myanmar’s minister for electric power hopes half of the country’s households will get electricity by 2016, reports the Global New Light of Myanmar on February 12.

Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe told media that Myanmar envisages nearly half the country’s more than 9 million households will get access in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and that full country coverage will be achieved in 2030.

Despite an increase in per capita consumption of electricity from 104 kilowatts per hour to 190 kilowatts per hour since President U Thein Sein’s government took power, only 33 percent of households have access to electricity across the country, he said.

The latest data indicates Myanmar, with a population of over 52 million, has more than 3.2 million electrified households, up from about 2.1 million households in 2010. About 30,000 villages of more than 60,000 have access to grid-based electricity in rural areas.

Myanmar, which has several sources for generating electricity, including hydropower, gas and coal, has the lowest electrification rate in Southeast Asia.

According to the ministry, the country sees a 15 percent increase in power demand every year, expecting to hit 4,531 megawatts in 2020, 8,020 in 2025 and 14,542 in 2030.

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