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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.