The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kansai Electric) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) concluded an agreement for a preparatory survey on power plant maintenance using state-of-the-art technologies such as IoT and AI in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 3 July. The work was contracted to the two companies by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Increasing Myanmar’s power supply capacity is an urgent issue today as this Southeast Asian nation’s maximum power demand is currently projected to expand to 4000 MW in 2020 and 14 000 MW in 2030, in tandem with economic growth. Existing power plants that were impacted primarily by previous economic sanctions, suffer today from shortages of equipment and parts that are necessary for carrying out needed repairs, with the result that proper O&M has not been carried out. Development of human resources to take charge of such duties is also lagging. In light of this situation, the Japanese Government has drawn up plans to provide economic support to Myanmar and has declared intent to cooperate in the energy field.