Ayeyawady Region on track to get 24-hour electricity coverage

Than Oo (MNA) &
Khin Yadanar

23-KV grid linking Athoke and Pathein. Photo: Supplied
23-KV grid linking Athoke and Pathein. Photo: Supplied

AMONG states and regions of the country, Ayeyawady keeps abreast of the high potential of development compared to Yangon and Mandalay as the region has an abundant stock of rice and opportunities for job seekers.
The development of a certain region can be determined by its physical and social infrastructure such as electricity, roads and bridges, water supply, education, health, telecommunication, etc.
Among the fundamental facilities and systems, electrical grids play an important role in implementation of tasks for ensuring better living standards of the people.
During the period from 2011 to 2016, rural electrification reached 33 townships that include 739 villages in Ayeyawady Region, thereby contributing towards better livelihoods of Ayeyawady dwellers.
Compared to the situation before 2011 when only 27 townships that include 180 villages had access to electricity, more six townships that include 559 villages have enjoyed electricity following the five-year period of rural electrification program in the region.
It was due to the establishment of sub-power stations and extended installation of power line including 230KV Athoke-Pathein power line and the 66KV Pathein-Ngayokekaung-Ngapyayma power line, electric power was brought to 739 villages.  Moreover, 5,938 villages are expected to have access to electricity through other sources.
The Ministry of Electricity implemented many programs for electrification of the whole Ayeyawady Region, using all forms of sources to supply electricity to the region apart from the country’s national grid, said an official from the ministry, adding that only a few townships out of 39 remain to gain access to electricity.
According to the ministry, there are 5,240 villages in the region where electricity is yet to reach.
During the five-year period, five main projects were implemented to supply power to the region. First of all, a project for installation of 30.25-mile long 230KV Athoke-Pathein power line began in 2013 with the help of a Chinese loan, and the region was electrified as of 1 November 2015.
The second project was setting up of a switch bay at Athoke sub-power station and Pathein main power station which was started last February were put into service last November.
Next, the installation of the 76.5-mile 66KV Pathein-Ngayokekaung-Ngapyayma power line and construction of sub-power stations followed.  At present, arrangements are underway to provide electricity to townships and villages in the western part of the region following the completion of 230KV sub-power station in Pathein (Kangyidaunk) and related power lines in October, 2015.
The sub-power station will benefit Shwe Thaungyan, Ngwehsaung and Chaungtha which are beach resorts, and Ngapyayma, Htichaik, Okkashitkwin and Kyonku in the region.
One of hoteliers from Chaungtha expressed his view that beach resorts and Ngayokekaung which has the potential to become an industrial zone are expecting to see more development.
According to the ministry the construction of the 66KV 10 MVA Pathein (Myato) sub-power station, Hlinethaya-Kyaiklat 230 KV power line and 230 KV Kyaiklat sub-power station are underway.
Upon completion, a total of 286 villages in Bogale, Kyaiklat, Dedaye, Pyapon and Mawlamyinegyun will benefit from the facilities.
The ministry official said that the China Three Gorges Corporation is planning to generate 30 megawatts of wind power in Chaungtha, 112 megawatts from Yaynaukaing wind power plant, 70 megawatts from Htanpinkwin wind power facility and 80 megawatts from the Kangyidaunk wind power farm.

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