That’s a lot of power capacity for an undeveloped area unless future plans are in the works consider that southern Thailand has a 2450 MW capacity.
Two large-scale 2,000 and 900 megawatt coal-fired power plants are being planned in Myeik and Bokepyin townships, Taninthayi Region, posing environmental threats to the area, according to local residents.
The authorities from Myeik Township and company officials met with the local residents on May 10 to explain their plan to set up a power plant at Hmwe Shaung Village in Tonebyaw Village Tract.
“The meeting took place at Tonebyaw Village School. Than Myint, who introduced himself as the company representative of Vintage Company, and township authorities attended it. They plan to build a big coal-fired power station to supply electricity to Hmwe Shaung Village. They also promised to build schools and hospitals and to compensate us three times the market value of the land that will be seized for the project,” said a local from Tonebyaw village tract who attended the meeting.
“Thailand is also buying electricity from here. So more such harmful power plants will be built to take out electricity. They don’t build such harmful things in their country!” Said Ein Po from the 88 Generation Group.
Myanmar has a number of operational coal-fired power plants including an eight megawatt plant in Kawthaung Township, Taninthayi Region, a 120 megawatt plant in Pinlong Township in Shan State and a 15 megawatt plant in Naungcho.
The government plans to build a 2,000 megawatt coal power plant in Hmwe Shaung Village in Tonebyaw, Myeik and a 900 megawatt coal plant in Bokepyin Township, Kawthoung District. Another 50 megawatt plant is currently under construction in Lawtlawt Village.
According to Thein Lwin, the regional minister for planning and economic development, coal-fired power stations are being built because Myeik and Kawthoung districts do not have access to the national power grid.
Only townships in Dawei district are to be supplied with electricity produced from natural gas in the area.