Kyaukphyu power station
Kyaukphyu power station is a proposed 1,320-megawatt coal-fired power station in Arakan, Myanmar.
The map below shows Kyaukphyu Township, the approximate location where the plant would be built.
On May 6, 2015, South Korea’s Daewoo International Corporation, MCM Energy and the Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power announced plans for a coal-fired power station in the Alaedun village of Kyaukphyu township. The proposal is for two 660 MW units, at a cost of US$2.5 billion. It would use imported coal. Several advocacy organizations have begun outreach in the area, reaching out to locals opposed to the project. The Rakhine state chief minister said the project would be halted if locals are against it.
With no developments since May 2015, plans for the plant appear to be deferred or abandoned.
- Sponsor: MCM Energy, Daewoo Company
- Location: Alaedun village, Kyaukphyu Township, Arakan state, Myanmar
- Coordinates: 19.433333, 93.55 (approximate)
- Status: Cancelled
- Capacity: 1,320 MW (Units 1-2: 660 MW)
- Start date:
- Coal Type:
- Coal Source: Imported
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In May 2015, 400 residents attended a meeting with officials from the companies in charge of the Kyaukphyu power plant. They expressed opposition to the plant due to concerns of environmental and health damage. The companies responded that they would be able to provide electricity more broadly and build infrastructure if the plant was built. The chief minister of the Rakhine state told the villagers that the power plant would not be implemented if local residents did not agree to it.
Later in early June 2015, villagers near the Kyaukphyu power plant were planning to send a petition to the chief minister of Rakhine State in Myanmar to protest against the production of the plant. Some villagers, like U Tun Lwin, argue that the nearby Rakhine State should not be reliant on coal when there is a large reserve of natural gas in the area. The plant is a joint venture between the South Korea’s Daewoo International Corporation, MCM Energy Company and Ministry of Electric Power. They responded to the opposition by stating that some villagers believe it will help as a cheap source of electricity.
Resources and articles
- "Villagers hear from both sides of big coal in Rakhine State," Myanmar Times, June 2, 2015
- “Villagers Voice Opposition to Coal-Fired Power Plant in Western Myanmar”, “Radio Free Asia”, May 6, 2015.
- “Villagers hear from both sides of big coal in Rakhine State”, “Myanmar Times, Su Phyo Win”, June 2, 2015.