Tigyit power plant

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Tigyit power station is a 120-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Shan State, Myanmar.


The map below shows the location of the plant, in Piinlaung Township, Taunggyi District, Shan State.

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Background on Plant

The Tigyit power plant (also known as the Tayyit or Takyit power plant) is the only operating coal-fired power station in Myanmar. The Pa’O Youth Organisation reported that "in September 2001 the regime’s Vice-Senior General Maung Aye arrived and chose the place for the power plant, instructing local military to confiscate over 100 acres of local farm lands. No compensation was provided. China National Heavy Machinery Corporation and Eden Group of Myanmar built the plant under the supervision of the Energy Ministry. Construction began in September 2002 and was completed in April 2005." Operations began in 2005, under the management of China National Heavy Machinery Corporation, with local companies Eden Group and Shan Yoma Nagar. [1]

The plant has two 60 megawatt generating units and "produces 600 gigawatt hours (Gwh) electricity annually, using 640,000 tons of coal per year from the Tigyit coal mine just one and a half miles away. The electricity is transmitted to a substation in Kalaw. According to Mizzima News, 65 MW of the electricity is slated for transmission to the Pinpet iron factory ... The plant also exports electricity to the nearby Nagar cement plant."[1]

Upgrade and transfer

Operations were suspended at the plant in 2014 due to residents’ complaints over air pollution.[2]

In April 2016 it was reported that China’s Wuxi Huagaung Electric Power Engineering is upgrading the Tigyit plant. A tender to operate the coal-fired power plant under build-operate-transfer terms was issued in 2015 and Wuxi Huagaung was selected as the winner.[3]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: China National Heavy Machinery Corporation, Eden Group, Shan Yoma Nagar.
  • Location: Piinlaung Township, Taunggyi District, Shan State, Myanmar
  • Coordinates: 20.431292, 96.703524 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 120 MW (Units 1 & 2: 60 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 2004-05
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Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pa’O Youth Organisation, Poison Clouds: Lessons from Burma’s largest coal project at Tigyit, Pa’O Youth Organisation, January 2011, page 24. (Pdf)
  2. Kyi Kyi Sway, "Official speaks out against coal power," MM Times, 10 November 2016
  3. Aung Shin, "Chinese firm to restart Myanmar’s only coal plant," Myanmar Times, 28 April 2016

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