Mon State Hluttaw representatives and officials of Southeast General Energy and Power Co., Ltd (SEGEP) held a meeting last week, wherein both sides discussed the electricity production in Ye Township, southern Mon State.
The meeting took place at the Mon State Hluttaw Office, on November 16, in Mawlamyine, capital of Mon State.
SEGEP aims to provide 24/7 electricity in Ye Township, and other areas that currently have no access to electricity, at a reasonable price, according to U Maung Maung Myint, Director of SEGEP.
“To do this, the state government has assigned the state’s electricity department. We have signed the MoA (Momentum of Agreement). We have reported to the State Hluttaw. Then, we have to report to the State Justice and from the State Justice to the appropriate lawyers. I think, this will be resolved within a month. Although the state government already permits it, we need approval from the State Hluttaw. That’s why we came to explain the project to them,” said U Maung Maung Myint.U Maung Maung Myint continued that the company planned to start distributing the electricity in March, 2017, and the incurred fee will be between 202 and 256 Kyat per unit. After receiving an agreement from the local electricity distribution committee, the company would provide electricity access and households with installed meter boxes. Pre-paid meter boxes will be provided to those without installed meter boxes.
“We have not discussed the agreement yet. Based on what we discussed, we will report and discuss again at Hluttaw. Then, we will notify the correct parties. We can tell little about our agreement today,” said Dr. Aung Naing Oo, deputy speaker of Mon State Hluttaw.
SEGEP’s project statement also mentioned that the company would use the international standard F.O fuel over 3-5 years for the electricity generation. However, long-term projects will have water generated electric power from both Kalote creek and Ye creek with an estimated electric power of 1.5 mega watts during summer and 9 mega watts during rainy season.
According to SEGEP’s agenda, it is expected to be able to distribute the electricity in 2017 and have all [other] projects finished in 2018. Households in the respective areas of the township would have to provide budgets for the installation of transformers of 200 KW or 135 KW respectively for the required amount of electricity, electric cables, and [the household] meter boxes. SEGEP would set up the electricity poles and transformers, initially, but it would later charge for these expenses and would be expected to finish within 2 years.
SEGEP’s project agenda stated that of Mon State’s 10 townships, Ye Township is yet to receive full coverage of electricity. Therefore, the company’s first priority is to implement the electricity project in Ye Township. After that, it would implement projects for the rural areas of Thanbyuzayat and Kyaikmayaw townships in 2018.
On September 26, at Pyithu Hluttaw Conference, Dr. Tun Naing, Deputy Minister of Electric Power and Energy discussed that after the ministry received a loan from Asia Development Bank (ADB) for the electricity distribution in Ye Township, the ministry would start implementing the installation of electricity poles through Mawlamyine-Ye-Dawei and the electricity project to the township.