Hydroelectric Plants in Myanmar

Baluchaung-1
Location: Kayah
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X 14-MW Francis
Operation: 1992
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Koei

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 26 Aug 2015

Baluchaung-2
Location: Kayah
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 6 X 28 MW Pelton
Operation: 1960-1974
T/G supplier: Hitachi
EPC: Koei
Quick facts: For many years, this was the largest hydro plant in Myanmar. The overall structure and the first three generators were installed in 1960 using funds from postwar reparations from Japan and the remaining three were installed by Myanmar. In 1986, the plant was partly renovated with a loan extended by Japan. In May 2001, MOFA agreed on up to ¥628mn of emergency assistance for further rehabilitation.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 1 Sep 2010

Baluchaung-3
Location: Kayah
Operator: Future Energy Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 26 MW Francis
Operation: 2014
T/G supplier: Harbin
EPC: China Gezhouba Group, Union Resources & Engineering
Quick facts: This HPP is 25 km east of Loikaw. About 334 GWhr/yr will be available for the national grid. Future Energy, part of Shwe Taung Group, invested $130mn in the project. The first unit at BLC-3 went commercial on 3 Jan 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Union Resources & Engineering Co Ltd
Posted 18 Mar 2015

Chibwenge
Location: Kachin
Operator: CPI Yunnan International Power Investment Co Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 33 MW Pelton
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: Chongqing Hydropower Equipment
EPC: China Gezhouba Group Corp, Hydropower Implementation Department No 1
Quick facts: The first unit at this plant in Chibwe Township came online in Oct 2013. The project will connect to a new 132/66kV substation at Waingmaw and a new 66/11kV substation at Myitkyina. The plant and tieline were damaged in 2012 during clashes between the government and the KIA. This HPP was built as part of the Myitsone HPP development.

Photograph courtesy of www.elevenmyanmar.com
Re-posted 19 Aug 2015

Dapein-1
Location: Kachin
Operator: China Datang (Yunnan) Hydropower Development Co Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 60 MW Francis
Operation: 2010-2011
T/G supplier: Chengdu Tianbao Heavy Industry Co Ltd
EPC: Sinohydro No 14, Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau
Quick facts: In Dec 2007, China Datang began construction of this HPP in Dawphoneyan Township. Datang has a 30yr BOT concession for Dapein-1, which was fully completed in Jan 2011 at a cost of $338mn. Production is planned to be about 1,065 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Sichuan Tongsheng Construction Engineering Co Ltd
Posted 19 Aug 2015

Kengtawng
Location: Shan
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 3 X 18-MW Francis
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Yunnan
EPC: Hunan Water Conservancy and Electric Power Overseas Consulting Co, China National Machinery Import and Export Corp
Quick facts: In Oct 2002, preliminary work got underway on the Kengtwang HPP on Namtein Creek, 50km east of Monai in Loilem district. In June 2005, MOEP signed agreements with CNEEC and Zhejiang Orient Holdings Group Ltd for the purchase of construction materials and electrical equipment for Kengtwang. The total value of the contracts was $15mn and the plant came online in Dec 200. Annual output is expected to be about 470 GWh with electricity supplied to southern Shan townships in Loilem and Langkho districts and to the national grid at 132kV as well as to to other townships including Taunggyi via a new 66KV line.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 26 Aug 2015

Kabaung
Location: Magway
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X15 MW Francis
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: China National Electric Equipment
EPC: China National Machinery Import and Export Corp, Shwe Nay Wund Constuction Co Ltd
Quick facts: This project went online in Mar 2008.

Photograph courtesy of Shwe Nay Wund Constuction Co Ltd
Posted 26 Jun 2013

Kinda
Location: Mandalay
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X 28-MW Francis
Operation: 1986
T/G supplier: Riva, Siemens
EPC: Lahmeyer Intl
Quick facts: Kinda multipurpose project work began in 1980 and the plant went into operation in early 1986.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 26 Aug 2015

Kunchaung
Location: Bago
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 3 X 22 MW Francis
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Tianjin Alstom Hydro
EPC: China Heavy Machinery Corp, Department of Hydropower Implementation Construction Unit No 3
Quick facts: In Jul 2004, TAH received an order from CHMC for the supply of T/G sets for the Kunchaung HPP in Phyu Towhship. The project has a 385m long, 73m high rockfill dam on Kun Creek located 15km from Phyu. The plant completed in Sep 2012, about 5yrs past the initial schedule. The plant connects to the 230kV grid.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 26 Aug 2015

Kyeeon Kyeewa
Location: Magway
Operator: Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation
Configuration: 2 X 37-MW Kaplan
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Zhongli
EPC: Guangdong Hydropower Planning and Design Institute, Guangdong Yuantian Engineering Corp.
Quick facts: Kyeeon Kyeewa is downstream of Mone HPP in Pwintbyu Township, about 70km from Magway. It has a rolled earth and rockfill dam, and a diversion powerhouse with two units.

>Photograph courtesy of Guangdong Hydropower Planning & Design Institute
Posted 5 Aug 2015

Mone
Location: Magway
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 3 X 25 MW Francis
Operation: 2004
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: CMEC, CITIC Technology, Sinohydro
Quick facts: Work on this project began in 1995. The site is about 3km north of Sedoktara, Minbu district. The plant is connected to the gird by a 160km, 132kV line to Chauk.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 3 Sep 2010

Myitsone
Location: Kachin
Operator: CPI Yunnan International Power Investment Co Ltd
Configuration: 8 X 750 MW Francis
Operation: n/s
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Yunnan Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corp, Asia World Co
Quick facts: The Myitsone capital cost of some $3.6bn would be covered by CPI and the GOM in an 85:15 JV. The official construction start was inDec 2009. The dam is designed to be a concrete-faced, rockfill structure 152m tall and 1,310m long. This would impound a 447km² reservoir requiring the relocation of about 12,000 persons. After 4yrs of organized public resistance interspersed with attacks from local KIA militias, President Thein Sein announced on 30 Sep 2011 that the Myitsone dam project would be suspended. The current status of the project is obscure.

Photograph courtesy of www2.irrawaddy.org
Posted 19 Aug 2015

Nancho
Location: Magway
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X 20 MW Francis
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: Kunming
EPC: Union Resources & Engineering Co Ltd, Department of Hydropower Implementation Construction Unit No 1
Quick facts: Nancho went commercial in Oct 2013.

Photograph courtesy of Union Resources & Engineering Co Ltd
Posted 18 Mar 2015

Paunglaung
Location: Mandalay
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 4 X 70 MW
Operation: 2004-2005
T/G supplier: YMEC
EPC: Norconsult, Newjec, Kajima, Ministry of Irrigation
Quick facts: In Oct 1998, Yunnan Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corp (YMEC) and MEP signed a $160mn deal to build the Paunglaung plant in Pyinmana township in Yamethin district near Mandalay. The first feasibility studies for this multipurpose project were conducted by Knappen Tippetts Abbott Engineering Co in 1953. The project was approved in Apr 1990 with a capital budget of K16,019mn. The 945m rock dam across Paunglauk Creek is 131m high, the tallest in the country at the time, and the underground powerhouse was the first in Myanmar. In Sep 2000, China EcIm Bank approved a $120mn export seller’s loan to help finance the plant. This was in addition to a $7.2mn loan approved earlier. In 1996, work began on the diversion tunnels and the plant was inaugurated in Mar 2005. It is connected to the grid at 230kV through an expanded substation at Pyinmana.

Photograph courtesy of Yunnan Machinery & Equipment I&E Corp
Posted 3 Sep 2008

Pyuchaung
Location: Magway
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X 20 MW Francis
Operation: 2015
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: China Gezhouba Group Corp, Hydrochina Zhongnan Engineering Corp, Department of Hydropower Implementation Construction Unit No 3.
Quick facts: Pyuchaung went commercial on 8 Jan 2015.

Photograph courtesy of globalnewlightofmyanmar.com
Posted 13 Aug 2015

Sedawgyi
Location: Mandalay
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X 12.5 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1989
T/G supplier: Toshiba, Meidensha
EPC: Irrigation Dept, Water & Power Consultancy Services (India) Ltd, Hyundai, Tomen Corp
Quick facts: This HPP is on the right bank of the Chaungmagyi River. at the 131m tall, 1,284m long earth and rockfill Sedawgyi Dam. The project also included a 11/132kV step-up switchyard and a 65km 132kV single-circuit tieline to the existing Mandalay substation; The project was the beneficiary of a $14.6mn loan from the ADB, almost exactly half of the total cost of $29.13mn. The project commissioned in Jun 1989, 6yrs past the initial schhdule.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 26 Aug 2015

Shwegyin
Location: Bago
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 4 X 18.75-MW Francis
Operation: 2010-2011
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: China Gezhouba Group Corp, Hydrochina Zhongnan Engineering Quick facts: In Dec 2010, the Shwegyin HPP was turned over to MOEP No 1. The site Is 6km northeast of Shwegyin Town in Bago Region. Annual production is estimated at 262 GWh.

Photograph courtesy of forum.detik.com
Posted 19 Aug 2015

Shweli-I
Location: Shan
Operator: Shweli River-I Power Station Co
Configuration: 6 X 100 MW Francis
Operation: 2008-2009
T/G supplier: Yunnan
EPC: The Shweli-I power station is on the main stem Shweli River in northern Myanmar. It is a joint venture of Yunnan United Power Development Corp and the Hydropower Implementation Bureau of MOEP. The project was built on a 40yr duration, BOT model. River closure was on 10 Dec 2006 and the first set was put online on 5 Sep 2008. The last set was commissioned in April, 2009. Yunnan United Power Development is jointly invested by Huaneng Lancang River Hydropower (50%), Yunnan Hexing Investment Co (34%), and Yunnan Machinery Equipment I&E Co (16%).

Photograph courtesy of China Huaneng Group
Posted 10 Sep 2011

Thapanzeik
Location: Sagaing
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 3 X 10-MW Kaplan
Operation: 2002
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: CITIC Technology, CMEC, Sinohydro No 1
Quick facts: On 20 Nov 1998, a contract was signed with CITIC for this HPP in Kanbalu Town, Kyunhla Township. The 108ft tall dam is 225ft long.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 26 Aug 2015

Thaukyegat-II
Location: Bago
Operator: Gold Energy Co Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 40-MW Kaplan
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Sinohydro No 14
Quick facts: On 20 Nov 1998, a contract was signed with CITIC for this HPP in Kanbalu Town, Kyunhla Township. The 108ft tall dam is 225ft long.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 26 Aug 2015

Yenwe
Location: Bago
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X 12.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2007
T/G supplier: China National Electric Equipment Corp
EPC: Hunan Hydropower Survey and Design Inst, Department of Hydropower Implementation Construction Unit No 4
Quick facts: Yenwe is in Kyauktagar Township. Work on the K13.784bn project began in 2000. The project has a 251ft high, 1,050ft long dam and a 1,634ft diversion tunnel. The dam will supply enough water to irrigate 118,500ac.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 3 Sep 2010

Yeywa
Location: Mandalay
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 4 X 197.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2010-2011
T/G supplier: China National Electric Equipment Corp
EPC: Sinohydro No 6, Northeast Investigation Design & Research Inst, China Gezhouba Group Corp, Colenco
Quick facts: This is the largst power station in Myanmar. Yewya has a 132m high, 690m long RCC dam on the Myitwge River, a tributary of the Ayeyarwady, 50km southeast of Mandalay. The plant feasibility study was done in 1999. The river diversion was completed on 12 Dec 2004 and RCC placement began on 8 Feb 2006. The dam formed a 14,500ac reservoir. Two double-circuit, 230kV lines connect the plant switchyard to the gird, one running 40km west to Kyaukse S/S near Mandalay and one running southeast 110km to Meiktila S/S. CITIC Group handled financing and trade particulars for the Yeywa project. The plant was formally handed over on 25 Nov 2011.

Photograph courtesy of Sinohydro
Re-posted 3 Dec 2011

Zaungtu
Location: Bago
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X 10 MW
Operation: 2004-2005
T/G supplier: YMEC
EPC: YMEC, MEP
Quick facts: This multipurpose project is on the Bago River about 100km from Yangon. It was completed in Mar 2000 per a contract dating to Dec 1994.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Re-posted 26 Aug 2015<

Zawgyi-1
Location: Shan
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 3 X 6 MW Francis
Operation: 1995
T/G supplier: SFECO
EPC: Sinohydro No 14
Quick facts: The 44m Zawgyi Dam has two associated hydroelectric plants . Later, the Kengkem Dam was built to increase water storage capability for the Zawgyi hydro stations. In 2007, YMEC signed contracts to upgrade the Zawgyi-1.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 26 Aug 2015

   
Zawgyi-2
Location: Shan
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X 6 MW
Operation: 2000
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: YMEC
Quick facts: The 44m Zawgyi Dam has two associated hydroelectric plants.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Electric Power
Posted 26 Aug 2015

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 29-Aug-2015

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