Kalewa power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Kalewa power station was a proposed 540-megawatt (MW) power station in Sagaing, Myanmar.


The map below shows Sagaing, the approximate location where the plant would have been built.

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The project was proposed in 2011 by China Guodian Corporation and Tun Thwin Mining Co., Ltd. The power would be sold to the Monywa Copper Project, which is operated by Chinese weapons manufacturer Norinco. The output from the Monywa mine would go to China, with a statement in 2009 on the Norinco website saying that the deal would "enhance the influence of our country in Myanmar [Burma]". The article also noted that a similar agreement would also allow China’s Taiyuan Iron and Steel (Group) Company, the largest steel manufacturer in the world, to mine the Sagaing division for nickel.[1]

In 2013, authorities were gathering data for an environmental impact assessment.[2]

In 2015, Tun Thwin Mining's website said the plant was being developed with ISDN Holdings of Singapore, not China Guodian. The website stated the plant would be 540 MW and located near Paluzawa coal mine. It was reported as under planning.[3]

In March 2015, it was reported that although the ministry had signed memoranda of understanding with foreign and local companies for 12 different coal-fired power stations around the country, it was still working to gain public acceptance and had not advanced beyond the MoU stage for any of the projects, including Kalewa.[4]

In March 2016, the Thein Sein government suspended 68 projects, including coal-fired power plants, to allow the next government to manage the assets when it took office. Suspended projects included Tun Thwin Mining's.[5]

There have been no further developments and the project appears to be abandoned.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: ISDN Holdings and Tun Thwin Mining
  • Parent company:
  • Developer:
  • Location: Kalewa, Sagaing, Myanmar
  • Coordinates: 21.5, 95.6178 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 540 MW (Units 1-4: 135 MW)
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: sub-bituminous to bituminous
  • Coal Source: Paluzawa coal mine
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. Francis Wade, "Shouldering China’s toxic burden," Democratic Voice of Burma, March 23, 2011
  2. "EIA for coal-fired power plant," Myanmar Online, May 29, 2013
  3. "Operations and projects," Tun Thwin Mining website, accessed February 2015
  4. Aung Shin, " Coal-fired power planned, but on hold," Myanmar Times, March 13, 2015
  5. "Myanmar govt suspends 68 projects, waiting for new administration," Consult Myanmar, March 1, 2016

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