Myanmar ministry to distribute LPG to one million households in 2020

NAYPYITAW (Eleven Media Group/ANN) - ​In a bid to reduce the use of firewood and charcoal through the extensive use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and promote health and social standards of the rural people, Ministry of Electricity and Energy will distribute LPG to one million households in 2020, said Win Khaing, Union Minister for Electricity and Energy.

The ministry distributed LPG to 150,000 households in December, 2017 as a first step and will distribute it to one million households in 2020 as a second step.

Ministry of Electricity and Energy has a plan to ensure the extensive use of LPG in rural areas. In addition to the kitchen use, the ministry also plans to use LPG in the transportation sector. The ministry plans to issue laws, bylaws, rules and regulations.

“Myanmar has many prospects for the extension of LPG market. LPG industry needs to make necessary preparations for the long-term and short-term interests. Local LPG industry will see more progresses through cooperation between the government and private sector, he added.

Myanmar’s annual power consumption has increased by 15 per cent. In 2020-2021, the nationwide power consumption is expected to reach 4,531 megawatt. Now the country can generate 3,189 MW and needs to produce an additional 1,342 MW.  The ministry plans to generate 439 MW from three power plants in 2018, 750 MW from four power plants in 2019, 260 MW from three power plants in 2020, 971 MW from five plants in 2021 and 891 MW from five factories in 2022.

Hydropower plants account for 15 per cent of power generation, HFO power plants for 18 per cent, gas-fired power plants, for 30 per cent, NLG factories for 32 per cent and solar-powered plants for five per cent.

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