Hosted by the Republic of Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry (UMFCCI), supported by the Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), and endorsed by International Center on Small Hydropower, the Myanmar Green Energy Summit 2015 will be held at Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon. The aim of MGES 2015 is to provide a platform to converge, learn and explore opportunities and development of small hydropower in Myanmar.
The increase in prices of fossil energy sources and their impact on the environment due to green gas emissions has made hydropower more and more an important and attractive energy source. Opposite to the disadvantages given by the implementation of big hydroplants, the proper design of small hydro powerplants can be an environmental friendly solution and represents a useful alternative renewable energy source, especially for rural areas without developed electricity grids. Thus, small hydropower is specially featured for implementation in countries in transition and emerging countries like Myanmar where more than 70% of the population lives in remote areas.
Currently, small hydropower plants with a capacity of 10 MW exist in 148 countries with approximated 173 GW global potential. Nine out of eleven countries in South-Eastern Asia use small hydropower. The region has an estimated small hydropower potential of about 6,682.5 MW (for plants up to 10 MW), of which 1,252 MW has been developed.
Myanmar has abundant natural resources for rural electrification including solar, wind, coal and biomass. However, only hydropower is being commercially developed accounting for 71 per cent of the total installed capacity. Myanmar currently uses only five per cent of its water resources. It is estimated that the hydropower potential of just the four principal rivers is larger than 100 GW, of which only around 2,200 MW are currently developed.
Myanmar has abundant small hydropower potentials. The topography of the country is suited to isolated power supply systems. At present about 3 per cent of the country potential has already been developed and 26 per cent is under implementation. Small hydropower is expected to continue to be developed as a power source for small village electrification. At present, the Electricity Supply Enterprise has 35 small and medium hydropower stations generally ranging between 1 MW and 10 MW in capacity, generating a total of 33.18MW in total; all of which have been built by the government outside the Grid system supplying electricity to the rural areas. According to the 2013 World Small Hydropower Development Research Report, in terms of the small hydropower potential, more than 20 per cent is utilized but still nearly 60 sites with individual capacities between 1 MW and 5 MW remain suitable and could result in around 402.20 MW of total potential capacity. As part of the national electrification program, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation is offering 386 reservoirs with a total storage capacity at 19,401.94 million cubic meters that are under their care to develop into small hydroplants.
The most suitable places to implement for hydropower in Myanmar including small and micro scale are Kachin State (Northern part), Shan State (East part) and Kayin State (Southeastern part) in which most of the rural communities are living in.
The Myanmar Green Energy Summit 2015 will once again bring together Hydropower, Solar, Wind, Tidal, Geothermal, Biomass and Natural Gas Energy stakeholders comprising policy makers, developers, consultants, manufacturers, investors and financiers from all over 20 countries to Myanmar with the agenda to provide a forum for an exchange of information and updates on Myanmar’s presence energy security and access to energy status and development plan of the electric power and renewable energy sector in Myanmar. The benefits of attending the summit including:
• Get first-hand information on the outlook and investment opportunities in Myanmar
• Be updated with the latest policies and regulation
• Network with government authorities and potential business partners
• Pre-arrange business matching meeting with local industry players
Should you require further clarification or information, please do not hesitate to get the person in charge to contact the secretariat, Ms. June Hue at +603-40455999 or email to email@example.com.
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