Yangon – To accommodate Dagon City and other incoming condos and residence apartments, Yangon will need additional 200 MW within two years, according to Yangon City Electricity Supply Board.
Currently, the country distributes 1,688 MW of electricity nationwide and half of it (800 MW) is consumed by Yangon alone. Due to new projects, the city will need 200 MW within two years in addition to 800 MW that is consumed currently.
“When we calculate Yangon’s power need, we need to take that of the developing projects into accounts. The builders hardly consider about their projects’ power consumption, so we have to find out ourselves. Once the power need increases, we have to go through so many procedures like installing new transformers. It is not easy. They should come to us before they begin construction. What is happening now is that they will come to us only after the whole project is finished,” said a high-level official from the Yangon City Electricity Supply Board.
Dagon City which consists of hotels, shopping malls, and condos will need 45 MW; a new construction project by Shwe Taung Company will need 15 MW; a new building by Shangri-La will need 25 MW; a Vietnamese hotel on Kabar Aye Pagoda Road will need 20 MW—a total of over 100 MW from these sites alone, according to surveys by Yangon City Electricity Supply Board.
These giant projects, combined with other resident apartments that are under construction, in Yangon will increase Yangon’s power need significantly in two years, according to the above official.
The electricity consumption of each giant project that will be completed within the next three or four years equals the power consumption of ten rural towns. For example, Kyaukme, a rural town in Shan State consumes only about 2 MW.
According to the Ministry of Electric Power, out of 396 townships and 60,000 villages in Myanmar, 224 townships and 40,000 villages—70 percent of the population—have no access to electricity.