Electrification push for Rakhine State

A total of 1,689 villages in Rakhine State received electricity in 2017, according to the Rakhine State Electricity Supply Enterprise as quoted in Mizzima.
According to the data, the following villages receive electricity through the following methods.
  • 903 villages with diesel generators
  • 575 villages with solar home systems
  • 184 villages from the national grid
  • 26 villages with rice husk power
  • 1 village with biomass
Electrification efforts have been to slow to move forward at every village in Rakhine State due to the state budget, Rakhine State electrical engineer U Gyi Zeya said in the article.
Electrification work has been carried out in Thandwe district's Kyaintali township, Sittwe district's Yathaedaung, Kyaukphyu district's Manaung township and Mrauk-U district. The department has also planned to provide electricity to Maungdaw this year.
Yathaedaung and Maungdaw in particular have been priorities for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, as the areas have been hard-hit by violence between local groups and security forces. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said electricity access would be a priority in the area, during a high-profile speech last year.
There are about 3,762 villages in total in the state, with 1,689 villages receiving electricity so far.