Ministry of Electric Power – Myanmar
Bringing Power to the People of Myanmar
Great changes are taking place in Myanmar. Democratization can lead to a blossoming of culture, as well as commerce and industry, throughout our rich, diverse nation. Access to electrical power is essential if Myanmar is to realize its great potential, however. We here at the Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power are dedicated to providing sustainable energy access to all Myanmar’s people.
The Hydropower Generation Enterprise (HPGE) manages the operation of 25 hydropower plants. The Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE) manages Myanmar National Grid System, while the Electricity Supply Enterprise is responsible for the distribution of low-voltage electricity. Overseeing the provision of electricity to Myanmar’s capital city is the Yangon Electricity Supply Board.
At present, our top priorities are the installation of new generation capacity and upgrading our grid and distribution infrastructure. Currently, with just 3,500 megawatts (MW) of electrical power capacity, we can only supply electricity to 30 percent of the population.
The National Electrification Plan we are working on calls for us to provide grid access to 98 percent of the population by 2030. That is to include access for villages in rural areas of the country.
We are looking to foreign investors and project developers to help us achieve our goals. While our ministry will retain ownership and management of core generation assets and distribution infrastructure, we are keen to attract foreign investors interested in developing generation assets and distribution infrastructure outside this core.
Myanmar is fortunate with regard to hydropower resources. About 75 percent of our generation capacity comes from hydropower. We are looking to expand and reinforce that with different forms of clean, sustainable energy. Natural gas-fired power plants and generation capacity have grown to the point where they account for 25 percent or more of the national total.
We want to diversify further by investing in wind and solar power generation. We welcome expressions of interest from reputable, well-qualified investor groups interested in helping us achieve our goals and bringing greater prosperity to Myanmar and its people.