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July 3, 2008

Myanmar: More gas needed for former capital
Myanmar needs more natural gas in addition to hydropower to generate over 500 megawatts (mw) of electricity to be supplied to Yangon round the clock, a local weekly reported Thursday.

The Yangon Times quoted the Ministry of Electric Power-2 as saying that it requires 135 million cubic-feet (MCF) or 3.82 million cubic-meters of offshore gas or 99 MCF of onshore gas daily to meet the Yangon electricity demand.

According to the report, there are only 67 MCF of offshore gas and 27 MCF of offshore gas available daily for the generation of electricity to be supplied to Yangon.

Yangon, previously known as the former capital, now stands the commercial center of the country with many economic enterprises including industrial zones operating and also stands the biggest electricity consuming city in the country.

Statistics showed that at present, Yangon gets only 250 mw of electricity which has to be distributed alternately for townships in the city.

Earlier statistics of the state-run Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise, which is the main electricity supplier, indicated that up to 360 mw of electricity were once supplied to Yangon daily and860 mw to other parts of the country.

The government's monthly indicators also revealed that Myanmar's electric power installed generating capacity amounted to 1,690 mw as of January this year and the power generated in the first 10months (April-January) of 2007-08 fiscal year stood 5.508 billion kilowatt-hours.

The indicators also showed that in the 10-month period, the country's natural gas output remained at 391.88 billion cubic-feet or 11.09 billion cubic-meters.

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