Hydroelectric Power Plants in Myanmar

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

Chibwayage
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 of the Ministry of Electric Power No 1
Quick facts: The firt unit at this plant in Chibwe Township is expected 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.

Photograph courtesy of www.elevenmyanmar.com
Posted 22 Sep 2013

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

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

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 Export-Import Bank (CIEB) 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 Import & Export Corp
Posted 3 Sep 2008

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 First Power Department of the Ministry of Electric Power. 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 Equipments Import and Export Co (16%).

Photograph courtesy of China Huaneng Group
Posted 10 Sep 2011

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, 1,050f 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, 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 Yunnan Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corp
Posted 3 Sep 2008

   

Zawgyi
Location: Shan
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power
Configuration: 2 X 12 MW, 3 X 6 MW
Operation: 1995-1998
T/G supplier: Dongfang, SFECO, YMEC
EPC: YMEC, MEP, SFECO
Quick facts: The 44m Zawgyi Dam has two associated hydroelectric plants built by Chinese contractors and commissioned in Jul 1995 and Nov 1998. Later, the Kengkem Dam was built to increase water storage capability for the Zawgyi hydro stations. In 2007, YMEC signed contracts to upgrade the first plant.

Photograph courtesy of Yunnan Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corp
Posted 3 Sep 2008

Abbreviations

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

Updated 22-Sep-2013

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