Myanmar, China discuss power and energy development, including cross-border power lines

RANGON. May 23 (Eleven Media Group/ANN): Myanmar’s Electric Power and Energy Minister U Thaung Han recently received Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Chen Hai in Nay Pyi Taw.

During the call, they discussed cross-border power lines to develop Myanmar’s power and energy sectors, hydropower projects, gas and thermal power plant projects and further cooperation. in the extraction of oil and natural gas.

Myanmar was notorious for struggling to provide a 24-hour electricity supply in the summer even before the coup because the power generation infrastructure cannot meet the growing demand for electricity in the country. year to year.

During the monsoon season, hydroelectric plants manage to produce more electricity, but face frequent mechanical breakdowns caused by rain.

Besides China, Bloomberg’s Myanmar office reported that the military government is currently in talks with Russia, in an attempt to resolve the electricity supply issue.

The article, published on April 29, reports that Myanmar’s de facto military spokesman, Major General Zaw Min Tun, confirms that Myanmar is currently in negotiations with Russia, among others, regarding the import of fuel. at reasonable prices.

Myanmar also started talks in April with Tatarstan, a semi-autonomous Russian republic, which included talks on energy, particularly plans to build additional refineries and similar projects that have been put on hold, according to the same. article.

Besides China, Russia is one of the few countries that has maintained friendly relations and even shown support for the military government that overthrew Myanmar’s civilian government in February 2021. – Eleven Media Group/ANN

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