The accelerated rural electrification project will extend the electricity grid to enable the electrification of 400,300 households in 2,815 villages. It will also set up Myanmar’s first computerized distribution automation system, which will optimize power distribution through real-time monitoring and grid fault management.
The project will help the government to provide stable and reliable electricity in rural areas, supporting inclusive economic growth, creating jobs and contributing to Myanmar’s aspiration to achieve universal access to electricity by 2030 ”, AfDB Senior Energy Economist Duy-Thanh Bui said.
The project areas have higher poverty and electrification rates lower than the national average. Only 17% of Ayeyarwady’s households have access to the electricity grid, compared to 49% on the national average. The project will help deliver over 310 gigawatt hours of electricity from the grid, enough to cover the basic electricity consumption of the target beneficiaries. It will also extend the electricity grid to thousands of schools, clinics, hospitals and libraries.
Since 2012, the AfDB has provided over $ 500 million in loans and technical assistance to support Myanmar’s energy sector, including government energy policy reforms and infrastructure development.