The Ministry of Electricity and Energy signed its 10th Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) agreement with Shweli River-1 Power Station Co. on September 12 at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Naypyidaw to purchase hydroelectric power from Shwei-1 Dam.
Shweli-1 Hydropower Plant is located in Nam Kham Township, Northern Shan State near the border with China. It was built by the Chinese in 2008 under a BOT system with a 40 year franchise contract. It sends electricity from six 100 MW generators (1 MW is 1 million watts) to Myanmar’s national power grid using the 230 kV power grid via Mhansan sub-power station.
With 600 MW from Shweli-1 hydropower plant, an estimated 520 MW from Shweli-2, an and additional 671 MW from Shweli-3, all three projects from Shweli River will supply a portion of the 8,000-10,000 MW that Myanmar needs by the FY 2026.