China firms to develop neighbors’ hydro

Chinese companies have announced plans to develop major hydropower projects in the neighboring nations of Myanmar and Cambodia.

China’s Farsighted Investment Group Co. Ltd. and Gold Water Resources Co. Ltd. signed an agreement with the government of Myanmar to build the 2,400-MW Upper Thanlwin project on Myanmar’s Thanlwin River, also called the Salween. State-operated New Light of Myanmar reported the agreement, saying the project is to be built in Shan State, 700 kilometers north of Yangon.

In December, Chinese and Myanmar officials signed agreements to develop three other hydroelectric projects in Myanmar, 2,000-MW Chibwe on the Maykha River, 3,600-MW Ayeyawady on the Maykha and Ayeyawady rivers, and the 600-MW Shweli River project on the Shweli. (HNN 1/17/07)

Myanmar and Thai developer MDX Group recently began construction on the Thanlwin of the 7,110-MW Ta Sang hydroelectric project. Most of Ta Sang’s power is to be sold to Thailand, with a portion retained in energy-short Myanmar.

Last year, after a military coup overturned Thailand’s government, the Thai energy minister put off plans to build additional hydro projects in Myanmar, including an agreement to jointly develop the 1,200-MW Hutgyi hydroelectric project on the Salween. (HNN 10/20/06)

China companies to build Cambodia’s 110-MW Stung Atay

Meanwhile, China Yunnan Corporation for International Techno-Economic Cooperation and Yunnan Southeast-Asia Economy and Technology Investment Industrial Co. Ltd. are developing the 110-MW Stung Atay hydroelectric project in Cambodia.

China’s People’s Daily said the US$190 million hydro project is being developed on a build-operate-transfer basis and is to generate 465 million kWh per year.

The agreement also calls for the companies to build a US$113 million transmission network connecting Phnom Penh, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, and Battambang.

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