Wärtsilä has been awarded a 40MW extended engineered equipment supply contract for a power plant in Shwe Taung in the southern central part of Myanmar. The baseload power plant will feed into the national grid.
The IPP MCM Power placed the order with Wärtsilä on a fast-track basis. The plant will have four Wärtsilä 34SG engines fuelled by natural gas. The plant is scheduled to become operational by April 2020. There are plans to subsequently double the output of the plant to 80MW at a later date.
Demand for electricity is rapidly increasing in Myanmar. The country’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy has estimated that peak demand will rise to 4531MW in 2020 from the 2018 demand of 3500MW, an increase of nearly 24 per cent. Additional power generation is urgently needed.