Myanmar’s 140-MW Upper Paunglaung hydroelectric plant officially opened

Myanmar’s 140-MW Upper Paunglaung hydropower project was officially opened this week during a ceremony that included officials from the country’s Minsitry of Electric Power and President U Thein Sein.

Located in central Myanmar along the Paunglaung River, the US$24 million plant is intended to help meet the country’s demand for power that is reported to increase about 15% per year.

The project includes a 1,700-foot long, 322-foot tall roller-compacted concrete dam that will impound a reservoir of more than a million acre-feet.

Myanmar is currently developing a number of large hydroelectric plants — many of which have received assistance from international development agencies including the World Bank Group.

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