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This has begun to pay dividends as economic growth accelerated and attracted foreign investments in the energy sector, but also in other industries.
Myanmar has a promising hydropower potential, which is equivalent to 46.000 MW. Thereof not even 7% have been developed until now.
ANDRITZ HYDRO has been active in Myanmar since the 1980s, when the company had already delivered electro-mechanical equipment for several small hydropower plants. In 2013, ANDRITZ HYDRO has established a representative office in the city of Yangon and is actively involved in hydropower development with capacity building and training activities, as well as offering its expertise in project development and supply of equipment and services.
In May 2014, the Ministry of Electric Power of Myanmar (MOEP) and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria formalized their cooperation in the energy sector by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. This MoU also formed the basis for a closer cooperation between MOEP and ANDRITZ HYDRO on the development of hydropower projects.
In 2014, based on this bilateral MoU, the Director General of the Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) and the Chairman of the Board of ANDRITZ HYDRO, Mr. Wolfgang Semper, signed a MoU for the development of the 75 MW Deedoke hydropower plant.
In February 2015, MOEP and the development partnership of ANDRITZ HYDRO, HTCT and K-water conducted a starting ceremony for this first “low-head” project in Myanmar.
In September 2015, ANDRITZ HYDRO signed a contract with MOEP for the supply of the entire electro- and hydromechanical equipment for the 3.2 MW Upper Nam Htum hydropower plant.
HPP Upper Nam Htum will provide renewable energy to the city of Putao and its surrounding area in Kachin State. This will be a milestone in strengthening Myanmar’s rural electrification and small hydropower development program.
The promising potential in combination with the enabled market access makes Myanmar a very interesting country for future energy investments in hydropower. ANDRITZ HYDRO is ready to participate actively in this development.
|52%||Access to electricity|
|3,151 MW||Installed hydro capacity|
|2,398 MW||Hydro capacity under construction|
|69%||Share of generation from hydropower|
|8,802 GWh||Hydro generation|
|46,000 MW||Technically feasible hydro generation potential|
Source: Hydropower & Dams World Atlas 2015 and The World Bank