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APR launches 100MW power generation plant in Myanmar

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 14:30 -- Laura Varriale
APR Energy

American power supplier APR Energy has announced its 100MW thermal power plant, based in Kyaukse, Myanmar, is now ready to deliver power to Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE).

The facility is fueled by natural gas resources and features 68 CAT low-emission mobile gas power modules (GPMs). The plant is projected to provide power for six million people with a guaranteed minimum of 82MW.

Clive Turton, Managing Director of Asia Pacific at APR said: “The commissioning of our thermal power generation plant is an important first step towards establishing adequate reliable power generation capacity in Myanmar.” 75% of Myanmar’s population lacks access to electricity, according to US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.

APR has been awarded the contract in February this year, being the first agreement between a US company and the government of Myanmar for power generation since sanctions were lifted in 2013. The contract is expected to run through to late 2015. It is a bridging solution for the medium term while the country develops its long-term infrastructure.

The growing demand of electricity in Asia brought APR a contract for four power plants totaling 130MW in Indonesia last year.