Minbu solar site cleared ahead of construction
The preliminary stage of the 220MW Minbu solar project, located in Magway Region, is now complete as the 700 acre site has reportedly been cleared in preparation for American contractors Black & Veatch to begin the construction phase shortly.
According to a 7 January article in Democracy Today, 120 part-time workers joined 17 full-time employees to clear the site.
U Khin Zaw, a project manager associated with Black & Veatch, told the newspaper that “we started clearing the land in July and this stage is now complete’’.
Black & Veatch has been contracted by Thailand’s Green Earth Power for the build, which has been described as south-east Asia’s largest solar plant.
According to previous reports, the Thai company plans to invest $275m in the project and has agreed to sell electricity to the government over a 30-year contract period.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the plant was first signed with the Ministry of Electric Power (MoEP) in May 2013 and the contract was finally formalised in October 2014.
A first phase with 50MW capacity is due to come online in 2017, with the overall project to be built in four stages over a total of 30 months.
Thai company completes purchase of Green Earth Power stake
|Shareholder||Shareholding (pre transaction)||Shareholding (post transaction)|
|Planet Earth Holding||48%||73% (both PEH and Noble Planet)|
|Vintage Engineering Public||12%||12%|
Green Earth Power prepares for MIC approval for solar site
Thai firm Green Earth Power is preparing to submit its application for its 220MW solar power plant in Magwe Region’s Minbu township to the Myanmar Investment Commission, according to a 2 July article in Democracy Today.
The last step before the application can take place is approval from the Environmental Conservation Department for the project’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (E/SIA), the article said, citing an unnamed official with the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MoEE).
“We need E/SIA to prepare for MIC approval. As soon as we receive this, we will proceed,” the official said.
The Green Earth Company and MoEE agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding 2013, and signed a Memorandum of Agreement in 2014. The next step in the process is MIC approval.