Tanintharyi power station
The Tanintharyi power station was a proposed 1,800-2,000 megawatt (MW) power station in Myanmar.
The map below shows Myeik Township in the Tanintharyi region, the approximate location where the plant would have been built.
In October 2014, Japanese trading company Marubeni said the company planned to build a 1,800-2,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Tanintharyi, southern Myanmar. The project would be a joint venture with Thai utilities, for a total investment of 300 to 350 billion yen (US$2.78 to 3.24 billion). About 80 percent of the plant's output would go to Thailand and the remainder to Myanmar. Construction was scheduled to begin in 2016.
In March 2015, Marubeni Corporation said a feasibility study was underway on the US$2.5 billion power plant. The exact location of the project had still not been determined. Officials from Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power said they were reluctant to proceed with building coal plants due to social and environmental concerns.
In 2016 and 2021, 24 Hour Company also mentioned a 2,000 MW coal plant in Tanintharyi division among its "upcoming projects". It was not known if this project was the same as the Marubeni project or different. The 24 Hour Company project would use integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology.
However, with no real developments since 2015, plans for the plant appear to be deferred or abandoned.
Hundreds of people marched in opposition to the project after its announcement, concerned the community would suffer the environmental and health effects without receiving any of the economic benefits.
In October 2014, Myanmar company and project partner Ayeyar Hintha said it would withdraw from the project if it would have an environmental impact or was opposed by local residents.
According to a report by Project MAJE Mekong Network, the following companies were involved in the project: Global Power Synergy Plc (subsidiary of Thailand government-backed PTT Plc), Marubeni Corporation (Japan), Thailand's Electricity Generating Authority (EGAT International), Thailand's SRI Energy Co, and Burma's Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings Co.
- Parent company: Global Power Synergy Plc (subsidiary of Thailand government-backed PTT Plc), Marubeni Corporation (Japan), Thailand's Electricity Generating Authority (EGAT International), Thailand's SRI Energy Co and Burma's Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings Co.
- Location: Myeik Township, Tanintharyi region, Myanmar
- Coordinates: 12.433333, 98.6 (approximate)
- Status: Cancelled
- Capacity: 1,800-2,000 MW
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Resources and articles
- "Marubeni to develop 1,800–2,000MW coal-fired power plant in Myanmar," EBR, October 13, 2014
- Zaw Win Than, " Coal study under way in Tanintharyi," Myanmar Times, March 24, 2015
- "Up Coming Project," 24 Hour Company website, accessed December 2016 and June 2021
- "Protestors condemn plan for coal-fired power plant," Mizzima, January 13, 2015
- "Local company to withdraw if Myeik coal-fired power project impacts environment," Eleven News Media, October 12, 2014
- "Coal Burns Burma: A Compendium on Dirty Energy Power Plants and Mining," Project MAJE Mekong Network, March 2016