Yangon substation opens, new one planned for Mandalay

An opening ceremony was held for the new Khat Hti Ya 33/11kV, 5MVA substation in Twantay Township, Yangon Region on 9 February, according to an update from the MoEE.

The Yangon government covered the costs for the project, a total of Ks2.5bn ($1.7m), and it was implemented by the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC).

In addition to completing the substation, the YESC installed the following works:

  • 20 transformers
  • 9.52 miles of 33kV transmission line
  • 25.13 miles of 11kV transmission line
  • 23.4 miles of 400V transmission line

The new substation is aimed to supply power to three villages in Twantay.

According to the announcement, with the new substation in place, around 124 of the 235 villages in Twantay Township now have electricity.

Union Minister of Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing, Deputy Minister of Electricity U Khin Maung Win, Chief Minister of Yangon Region U Phyo Min Thein, and various regional and local officials attended the event.

Late last week, state-owned Myanma Ahlin also reported that the Mandalay Electricity Supply Corporation (MESC) is planning to construct a new 33/11, 10MVA substation in Mandalay Region’s Mahlaing Township in the current fiscal year.

The new substation is aimed at improving the stability of the power supply in Mahlaing town as well as electrifying villages in the broader township.  

Funding from the project will come from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and it will fall under the National Electrification Project (NEP), said the Electricity Manager for Meiktila District U Yu Maw.

Currently, all wards in Mahlaing town and some 140 out of 247 villages in the township have access to electricity, the article stated.

Mahlaing Township is located around 120km south of Mandalay City.

The electrification rate in the township has been steadily increasing over the last few years. From October 2017 to August 2019, the number of households using electricity increased by an average of around 6% per month to 15,516, according to previous reports.   

According to the Ministry of Planning and Finance’s recently released Citizens' Budget Report for FY2018/19, at least Ks85.3bn has been allocated to the YESC and MESC to improve the power supply and increase rural electrification this fiscal year. 

As of October 2019, the electrification rates for Yangon and Mandalay regions stood at 88.2% and 66.5%, respectively, according to data from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.