Ministry to upgrade Yangon power network


NAY PYI TAW — The government plans to install 150 new power transformers in Yangon in an effort to provide a more steady supply of electricity, officials said yesterday.

Regular power outages over the past month – attributed by Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation to system failure – have left Yangon residents sweltering amid an El Nino-fuelled heatwave. The government has come in for criticism for failing to properly explain the reasons for the outages.

Ministry of Electric Power and Energy spokesperson U San Yu said the infrastructure would enable the ministry to power more homes, and was one of a number of projects identified for implementation in the government’s first 100 days.

Under its “100-day project” the ministry plans to add more than 15,000 households to the national grid across Nay Pyi Taw, Kachin and Kayah states, and Sagaing, Magway and Ayeyarwady regions.

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Another project is designed to improve the safety of electrical infrastructure, he added.

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