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The Kalewa power station is a proposed 540-megawatt (MW) power station in Sagaing, Myanmar.

Location

The map below shows Sagaing, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Background

The project was proposed in 2011 by China Guodian Corporation and Tun Thwin Mining Co., Ltd. The power would be sold to the Monywa Copper Project, which is operated by Chinese weapons manufacturer Norinco. The output from the Monywa mine would go to China, with a statement in 2009 on the Norinco website saying that the deal would "enhance the influence of our country in Myanmar [Burma]". The article also noted that a similar agreement will also allow China’s Taiyuan Iron and Steel (Group) Company, the largest steel manufacturer in the world, to mine the Sagaing division for nickel.[1]

In 2013 authorities were gathering data for an environmental impact assessment.[2]

On its website (dated 2015) Tun Thwin Mining says the plant is being developed with ISDN Holdings of Singapore, not China Guodian. The website states the plant will be 540 MW and located near Paluzawa coal mine. It is reported as under planning.[3]

In March 2015 it was reported that although the ministry had signed memoranda of understanding with foreign and local companies for 12 different coal-fired power stations around the country, it was still working to gain public acceptance and had not advanced beyond the MoU stage for any of the projects, including Kalewa.[4]

In March 2016 the Thein Sein government suspended 68 projects, including coal-fired power plants, to allow the next government to manage the assets when it takes office. Suspended projects included Tun Thwin Mining.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: ISDN Holdings and Tun Thwin Mining
  • Parent company:
  • Developer:
  • Location: Kalewa, Sagaing, Myanmar
  • Coordinates: 21.5, 95.6178 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: 540 MW (Units 1-4: 135 MW)
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: sub-bituminous to bituminous
  • Coal Source: Paluzawa coal mine
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles

References

  1. Francis Wade, "Shouldering China’s toxic burden" Democratic Voice of Burma, March 23, 2011.
  2. "EIA for coal-fired power plant," Myanmar Online, May 29, 2013.
  3. "Operations and projects," Tun Thwin Mining website, accessed Feb 2015
  4. Aung Shin, " Coal-fired power planned, but on hold," Myanmar Times, 13 March 2015
  5. "Myanmar govt suspends 68 projects, waiting for new administration," Consult Myanmar, Mar 1, 2016

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