Infographic: Coal-fired Power Plant Project Proposal in Ye Township, Mon State, Myanmar

Introduction

21 July 2014, Krungthep Turakij news[1] reported that TTCL requested the Myanmar government to move the site for a 1,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant from Thilawa Special Economic Zone to Mon State. It reasoned Thilawa SEZ’s coastline is relatively shallow, making it difficult for coal ships to dock and, subsequently, high electricity price. However, the coastal area of Mon State appears more suitable because it sits next to deeper sea area. Thus, the electricity price would be 15-20 percent lower than the previous estimation. TTCL claimed that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)[2] with the Ministry of Electric Power. The MOU enabled the process for a feasibility study to take place and lead to the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA). Once the MOA is signed, the company would be able to acquire a financial and loan consultant firm and begin the process of engineering design and land acquisition for the project.

Based on interviews with Andin residents, TTCL, jointly with a Myanmar company named Win Yaung Chi Oo[3] and state authorities, hosted a meeting at Andin Monastery in Andin Village on 25 April 2014 to provide information about the 1,280 MW coal-fired power plant and seaport project along with six volumes of the feasibility report. All information was written in English.

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[1] “TTCL: เข้าใกล้จุดเปลี่ยนสำคัญ” Krungthep Durakij. 21 July 2014.

[2] Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Electric Power of

Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Letter to The President and The Stock Exchange of Thailand. 22 March 2013.http://ttcl.listedcompany.com/newsroom/20130322-TTCL-SET02-EN.pdf

[3] 2.8-b Mon Coal-fired Power Plant Suspended. Myanmar Business Today. 2 February 2016. http://www.mmbiztoday.com/articles/28-b-mon-coal-fired-power-plant-suspended or https://opencorporates.com/companies/mm/2099-2014-2015

 

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