Mandalay Electricity Supply Corporation, Electricity Supply Enterprise, Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MoEE) and Hitachi Soe Electric & Machinery (HISEM) have signed a contract agreement in Myanmar capital city Nay Pyi Taw for the second phase of National Electrification Project (NEP).

HISEM is a tender winner for the NEP’s second phase.

Myanmar Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing said that the electrification project has been initiated after the country received a $310m loan from the World Bank.

Khaing said: “The first phase of the national electrification project targeted to electrify a total of 5,080 villages, which are located within two miles of the system. Until 17 January, the construction works in 1,891 villages were completed, and among them, 1,091 villages already got access to electricity.

“If the first phase is fully completed, some 626,757 households in 5,080 villages will be electrified.”

The minister further noted that the second phase of the NEP aims to complete electrification works across 4,700 villages, which are located within five miles of the system.

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After forming a tender scrutinising committee, the ministry invited a tender.

The tender was for transformers, electric poles, insulators, wires, cross arms and other electrical accessories needed for the second phase project in 4,700 villages in line with the International Competitive Bidding -ICB policies.

After the completion of NEP Phase-II, approximately 539,674 households in 4,700 villages will be electrified.

In April 2018, the Bangladeshi Government signed two financing agreements worth $515m with the World Bank to finance the expansion of the country’s electricity transmission network and improve insurance coverage.