Work to begin on Myanmar’s first waste-to-energy plant

Myanmar’s first waste-to-energy plant is on track for commissioning by 2017, with construction work reportedly set to begin this month.

The 700 kW plant will be located in Yangon City, and is planned to burn 60 tonnes of waste material per day. Yangon’s mayor, U Hla Myint, was quoted as saying that around 300 kW of the plant’s output is to be exported to the national grid.

The project is to be built by Japan’s JFE Engineering, which is providing $8.2m in funding. Yangon City’s Development Committee will provide an additional $8m and Japan’s government will subsidize up to half the project capital under an agreement to provide emissions reduction support to Myanmar in exchange for carbon credits. For this project Japan is to receive credits for 2400 tonnes of CO2 over 15 years.

JFE said the Yangon plant is expected to save 4663 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

The project represents JFE’s first waste-to-energy plant in Southeast Asia as it aims to expand its business in the region. Meanwhile, several other firms are also reportedly eyeing waste-to-energy projects in Myanmar as the country’s economic growth creates a growing amount of waste.


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