Hpa-an power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Hpa-an power station was a proposed 1,280-megawatt (MW) power station in Kayin (Karen) state, Myanmar.


The map below shows Hpa-an (Pa-an) township, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Hpa-an power station is a proposed 1,280 MW coal plant in Hpa-an (Pa-an) township, Kayin (Karen) State. It would be built by TTCL Public Company Limited, a joint venture between Italian-Thai Development (51%) and Japan’s Toyo Engineering Corp (49%). TTCL Public Co Ltd and the state government signed a memorandum of understanding for the plant on April 3, 2017. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) hearing was held on June 21, 2017. TTCL officials said they would build the coal plant beside the Thanlwin River with the use of supercritical technology. Power would be supplied to Kayin State and sold to the Ministry of Electric Power and Energy. The plant was strongly opposed by local residents but supported by the government.[1]

In October 2017, it was reported that the 1,280 MW project would use ultra-supercritical technology and was expected to come online in 2023. The plant would run on around 4m tonnes of imported coal per year. It was estimated at US$2.8 billion.[2]

On March 14, 2018, Myanmar’s Minister of Electricity and Energy, U Win Khaing, said that the government would not approve the proposed plant. However, Kayin State residents expressed concern the state government might overrule the decision of Union government and decide to push through with the project.[3][4]

In June 2018, the chief minister of Kayin State said construction of the plant would go ahead pending Union government approval.[5] According to the Boell Foundation (October 2018), "while the land titles have not been given back to the residents yet, the Union Government is stopping any further construction."[6]

In February 2019, the Deputy Minister of Power and Energy Dr Tun Niang also stated the project would not be approved. Relevant ministries had commented that the project could pollute the sea and coastal environment.[7]

The project appears to be shelved or abandoned.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: TTCL Public Company Limited (Toyo-Thai Group)
  • Parent company: Italian-Thai Development (51%), Toyo Engineering Corp (49%)
  • Location: Wutt Kyi village ward, Hpa-an (Pa-an) township, Hpa-an district, Kayin (Karen) State, Myanmar
  • Coordinates: 16.890556, 97.633333 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 1,280 MW (Units 1-2: 640 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Start date: 2023
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported (Indonesia)
  • Source of financing:

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