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Demand to stop dam projects

About 400 villagers gathered on the banks of the Namtu River in Hsipaw township, Shan State last week to protest the construction of a dam which they said will submerge their homes and lands.

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Rice husk power plant opens in Myanmar

A biomass gasification power plant which uses rice husks to generate electricity was opened by the Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation (MAPCO) in Nay Pyi Taw, said the company’s chairman, U Chit Khine.

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S Korea to help build Myeik power plant

The Myeik Public Corporation explained its plans to build a gas-fuelled power plant in partnership with the Korea-based KMPI Company in Kyunzu Township, Taninthayi Region, at a stakeholder meeting on Thursday.

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Environmental conference participants demand govt reject Myitsone dam

Angry villagers, government officials, MPs, experts, and national and international NGOs came together to denounce the troubled Myitsone dam project in Kachin State. Convened by the Myanmar Green Network, last week they spoke out in a bid to influence the commission set up by the state counsellor to report on the dam’s future.

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UK Government to strengthen gas sector in Myanmar

A UK Government-supported programme, to strengthen the development of a modern, dynamic oil and gas sector in Myanmar, is to be launched later this month, according to a joint press release from the British Embassy in Yangon and Aberdeen International Associates (AIA).

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4th Myanmar Oil Gas Power (MOGP) Summit to be held in Yangon

For the 4th time running, Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity & Energy is the official host of CMT’s 4th MOGP summit to be held at the Melia Yangon this November 17-18, according to a recent statement.

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Meteorologist advises smaller alternatives to Myitsone megadam

The former director general of the meteorology and hydrology department has proposed an alternative solution to the problem of the stalled Myitsone hydropower dam. Instead of building one destructive and publically reviled mega dam, why not build four smaller hydropower projects instead, he suggested on Facebook yesterday night.

 

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Kachin locals oppose dam in Militia-controlled area

Locals have sent an open letter to Burma’s President opposing the planned hydropower project to be built over the May Kha River and Ngaw Chan Kha Creek in Kachin State’s Chipwi and Tsawlaw townships.

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Power plant tender winner to be announced next week

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy will announce the winners of a tender to build a 300-megawatt power plant in Yangon next week, ministry officials said.
The tender was issued in July for a five-year contract to supply 300MW of power to Yangon each day – the government’s first tender after taking office in April.
Of the six tender applications only three were in compliance with the requirements, according to government officials.
One is from a consortium of China ITS, China Energy Engineering Corporation, Hunan Electric Power Design Institute, China Construction Eighth Engineering Division, Guangzhou Diesel Factory, and Khin Maung Nyunt Trading.
The second consortium consists of local firms National Infrastructure Holdings, and MCM Pacific, and US companies APR Energy and Ace Resources Group.
The third application came from Karpowership Asia Company.

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French business group seeks trade increase Print

The French Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry is taking a delegation of local firms to France next month, and is planning to a hold a French fair in Yangon later this year as part of efforts to boost trade relations between the two nations.

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