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Friday, April 26, 2019

Sri Lanka imposes curfew after at least 207 killed in attacks


Blasts target churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday


 

Easter Sunday bombings kill nearly 300 in Sri Lanka – video report

Authorities in Sri Lanka have launched a massive security operation and imposed a curfew after a wave of bombs in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed at least 207 people and injured 450.

The eight blasts, some of which officials said were suicide bomb attacks, appeared timed to cause maximum casualties among worshippers attending Easter services.

In one church, St Sebastian’s in Negombo, north of the capital, Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official said. Much of the church roof was blown out in the explosion, with roof tiles and splintered wood littering the floor and pools of blood in between wounded worshippers.

Three churches and three luxury hotels were targeted. There were also explosions at a guest house near the zoo and in a residential area of Colombo.

Most of the targets were either in or close to the capital. Among the hotels targeted was the Cinnamon Grand, a luxury hotel in the centre of the city that is favoured by politicians.

Three hours after the bombings, security forces surrounded a house in the Dematagoda neighbourhood of Colombo, where they arrested seven people, of whom three were reported to have required immediate medical assistance. There was at least one explosion during the operation, which may have been caused by a suicide bomber.

Ruwan Wijewardena, the minister of defence, said investigations had established that suicide bombers were responsible for the majority of the morning’s bombings and that the wave of attacks was the work of a single group.

The foreign minister said at least 27 foreigners were among the dead. Three police officers were believed to have been killed during the operation in Dematagoda.

The attacks are the most significant in the small island nation for many years, and come a decade after the end of a bloody civil war.

One explosion occurred at a hotel near the national zoo, when attackers were reportedly cornered by security forces. Authorities imposed a curfew, though it was unclear if the ban on movement would start immediately or was overnight.


Hospitals were struggling to cope with the influx of casualties. 

At least 160 people injured in a blast at St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo had been admitted to the Colombo National hospital by mid-morning, one official said. The main hospital in the eastern port city of Batticaloa had received more than 300 people with injuries following a blast at the Zion church.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks. The prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, convened Sri Lanka’s top military officials at an emergency meeting of the national security council.

“I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation,” Wickremesinghe said on Twitter.

Leaders around the world rushed to condemn the attacks. Theresa May, the UK prime minister, called the blasts “appalling” and Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, said those affected would be in the prayers of millions marking Easter Sunday around the world.

“On this holy day, let us stand with the people of Sri Lanka in prayer, condolence and solidarity as we reject all violence, all hatred and all division,” he said.

Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination and 30 foreigners were among the dead, officials said. 

Julian Emmanuel and his family, from Surrey, were staying at the Cinnamon Grand when the bomb went off. He told the BBC: “We were in our room and heard a large explosion. It woke us up. There were ambulances, fire crews, police sirens. I came out of the room to see what’s happening. We were ushered downstairs. We were told there had been a bomb. Staff said some people were killed.

The blasts marked the end of a lull in violence after the end of the civil war in 2009, during which bombings were common. 

Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s economic reforms minister, described distressing scenes at the sites of two attacks. “I saw many body parts strewn all over. Emergency crews are at all locations in full force,” he tweeted after visiting the Shangri-La hotel and St Anthony’s Shrine. “We took multiple casualties to hospital. Hopefully saved many lives.”

Colombo’s archbishop, Malcolm Ranjith, called on the public to rally in support of the victims, requesting all doctors to report to work despite the holiday and members of the public to donate blood.

The Muslim council of Sri Lanka issued a statement condemning the attack on the places of worship of “our Christian brothers and sisters on their holy day of Easter, as well as on the hotels in Colombo”. “We mourn the loss of innocent lives due to extremist and violent elements who wish to create divides between religious and ethnic groups to realise their agenda,” the statement said.

Out of Sri Lanka’s population of about 22 million, 70% are Buddhist, 12.6% Hindu, 9.7% Muslim, and 7.6% Christian, according to the country’s 2012 census.

There has been growing intercommunal tension in Sri Lanka for several years. Last year, there were 86 verified incidents of discrimination, threats and violence against Christians, according to organisations that represent more than 200 churches and other Christian organisations.

This year, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), recorded 26 such incidents, including one in which Buddhist monks allegedly attempted to disrupt a Sunday worship service, with the last one reported on 25 March. 

Ref:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/21/sri-lanka-explosions-80-believed-injured-in-blasts-at-two-Churches

Thursday, April 25, 2019

These sex slaves are setting fire to the burqas they were forced to wear by ISIS


These sex slaves are setting fire to the burqas they were forced to wear by ISIS


Yazidi survivor: 'I was raped every day for six months' - BBC News



Nearly three years ago, so-called Islamic State fighters swept through northern Iraq, where the country’s oldest ethnic minority were living - the Yazidis. Many of the men were shot, while the women and children were kidnapped, taken as hostage and raped. The Victoria Derbyshire programme’s reporter Fiona Lamdin has spent a couple of days with a small group of women who have been resettled in Germany, and are trying to rebuild their lives.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Who Keeps Buzzing London's Airports With Drones?

A photo of Heathrow Airport in London.
A drone sighting shut down Heathrow Airport, just weeks after a similar episode at London's Gatwick Airport. Matt Dunham/AP

Heathrow Airport was briefly shut down after a drone sighting, and Gatwick Airport endured three days of drone-related security delays.  

For London’s airports, the weeks straddling the new year have been chaotic to say the least. Yesterday, Heathrow—Europe’s busiest airport—closed its runway briefly following a security alert. In normal times, this inconvenience wouldn’t attract much attention, but this alert came after Gatwick, London’s second airport, was forced to close for 36 hours, stretching over three days. The stoppages grounded 1,000 planes and affected the holiday journeys of an estimated 140,000 people. But it wasn’t (as far as we know) a terrorist threat or a staff strike that caused these disruptions. It was sighting of that small but increasingly ubiquitous and reviled item of contemporary electronic equipment: the drone.

Indeed, the past month has seen drones become something of an obsession around London. Over the past three weeks, the region’s police, air traffic controllers, and even its armed forces have been squinting at the sky, trying to work out if tiny airborne intruders are heading for its runways. At Gatwick on December 19, over 60 people claimed to have spotted a drone or drones close to the terminal. Infuriatingly, the drones seemed to reappear just at the point when the airport was about to start flights again, triggering a gridlock of frustrated passengers in the terminals.

Passengers left grounded at London’s Gatwick following drone sightings on December 20. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

What made the shutdown yet stranger is that no drone was ever caught on camera, although police insist they were indeed present. In a period when British public life is already somewhat disordered and hysterical, people even started to wonder if the drones weren’t a collective figment of the imagination, some feverish embodiment of the spirit of the ongoing Brexit meltdown.

A couple of local drone enthusiasts were hauled in for questioning and released without charges, but unfortunately not before they had been demonized in the media and targeted with death threats for a crime they apparently had no connection to. As yet, no culprit has in fact emerged, though police are now looking into a possible connection between the two episodes.

Is is really necessary to halt a capital city’s air traffic because of a buzzy consumer gizmo that can be as small as a shoebox? Apparently, yes. Drones can indeed pose some degree of threat to airliners in the event of a mid-air collision. As this Financial Times article notes, a larger, two-kilogram drone could critically damage an airplane’s windshield, an event that might feasibly in the worse cases bring the plane down. FAA testing has documented the dangers of having drones ingested by aircraft engines. And, as this video made by researchers at the University of Dayton shows, even a smaller 1-kilo drone can cause major damage to an airliner’s wing if they meet at more than 200 miles per hour.

Accordingly, on Monday Britain’s government granted the police more powers to ground drones, albeit with rules that won’t be in place until this November. From the late autumn, any drone owner with an apparatus weighing over 250 grams (8.8 ounces) will have to register their ownership and take an online drone piloting competence course. Meanwhile, small fines will be levied for offenses such as failing to land a drone immediately on police request. While piloting a drone in close proximity to an airport is already illegal, these rules should still make it easier for the authorities to control amateur drone enthusiasts.

Sri Lanka: CCTV footage of suspected bomber entering church before blast

Sri Lankan media has aired CCTV footage of a person suspected to be one of the bombers who attacked churches on Easter. A bearded man, carrying a backpack, is seen walking across the courtyard of St Sebastian's Church in Colombo and entering the main building. An explosion took place minutes later in which more than 50 people were killed. While the Sri Lankan government suspects a local extremist organisation's hand, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bloodshed.
 

At least two dead and two arrested in raid after Sri Lanka bombings

  
Seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a raid on a house in Colombo on Sunday, April 21, as the death toll from a rash of bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose past 200, police and local media said. In the deadliest violence in Sri Lanka in a decade, multiple explosions ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday leaving more than 200 dead and more than 400 others wounded. The first six blasts that began around 8.45 am local time were coordinated and claimed most of the fatalities while two smaller blasts took place several hours later. The targets of the bombings were Catholic worshippers attending Easter prayers at churches in three cities and tourists. https://www.voanews.com/a/d-deadly-bl...

Aung San Suu Kyi calls for sanctions on Burma to remain

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Aung San Suu Kyi calls for sanctions on Burma to remain 

Aung San Suu Kyi's party has said that Western sanctions on the country should remain in place, arguing the embargo affected the military regime and not the broader population.

West hints at support for easing of Burma sanctions

The release of Aung San Suu Kyi has prompted a re-assessment of sanctions Photo: REUTERS


The announcement by the National League for Democracy (NLD), Burma's biggest opposition force, will be a blow to both the ruling junta and Western investors keen to tap the isolated country's vast natural resources. 

"We came to find that the sanctions affect only the leaders of the ruling regime and their close business associates, not the majority of the people," Tin Oo, NLD vice-chairman, said. 

Tin Oo said a report based on research by the NLD, whose 1990 election victory was ignored by the junta, would be released later.

Ms Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest on Nov 13, has long backed sanctions as part of her fight against decades of authoritarian military rule in the former British colony also known as Myanmar. The sanctions were intended to force the regime to improve its poor human rights record and initiate democratic reforms. 

But many experts say the policy damaged the economy and hurt the Burmese people, pushing the generals closer to neighbours China and Thailand, which are tapping the country's vast energy reserves.

Soon after her release, Ms Suu Kyi indicated she might recommend the lifting of the embargoes, which prompted a flurry of diplomatic activity and attracted wide attention in the West. 

Around the same time, Burma launched a drive to attract Asian investors, touting its tourism potential and abundant supplies of gemstones, timber, oil and gas, much of which remained intact because of "unfavourable Western sanctions". 

Such sanctions have not affected the wealth and lavish lifestyles of the junta top brass, but they have hampered efforts to acquire new weapons technology for the military and have increased dependence on China. 

Many experts see the sanctions as Ms Suu Kyi's best, and perhaps only, bargaining chip in the changing political landscape. 

While hugely popular and a symbol of hope for the Burmese people, Ms Suu Kyi and the NLD have no official political role in Burma having boycotted the Nov. 7 election because of strict election laws.

Ref:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/8310214/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-calls-for-sanctions-on-Burma-to-remain.html

Monday, April 22, 2019

THE BRAZILIAN PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE 20-YEAR REFORESTATION PROJECT OF OVER 2.7 MILLION TREES

THE BRAZILIAN PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE 20-YEAR REFORESTATION PROJECT OF OVER 2.7 MILLION TREES

Image source: Instituto Terra
1712 SOCIAL SHARES

The mammoth project has planted saplings of more than 290 species of trees, and seen the return of many species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects.

BY FINO
3 MONTHS AGO

THE PROJECT SERVES AS A BEACON TO AWAKEN AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO RESTORE AND CONSERVE FOREST LAND

This project is the result of an ambitious initiative taken in the late 1990s by renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado. Confronting environmental devastation in and around a former cattle ranch bought from Salgado’s family near the town of Aimorés, in Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais, they decided to return the property to its natural state of subtropical rainforest. The ongoing results are truly amazing.

The Brazilian photographer and the 20-year reforestation project of over 2 million trees The mammoth project has planted saplings of more than 290 species of trees, and seen the return of many species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. Source: Facebook/BrightVibes

THE DREAM OF PLANTING A FOREST IN BRAZIL GAVE BIRTH TO THE INSTITUTO TERRA

When celebrated Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado took over family land in the state of Minas Gerais, instead of the tropical paradise that he remembered as a child, he found the trees cut down and the wildlife gone. 

He was devastated. It was 1994 and he had just returned from a traumatic assignment reporting on the genocide in Rwanda.

“The land was as sick as I was – everything was destroyed,”  Salgado told The Guardian. “Only about 0.5% of the land was covered in trees.”

Salgado’s wife, Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado, had the idea to replant the forest. When they began to do that, all the insects and birds and fish began to return.

Salgado and his family recruited partners, raised funds and, in April 1998, they founded the Instituto Terra and have now planted more than 2 million trees, totally transforming the environment. 

In doing so, Salgado says he has found one answer to climate change – as well as creative inspiration.

“Perhaps we have a solution. There is a single being which can transform CO2 to oxygen, which is the tree. We need to replant the forest. You need forest with native trees, and you need to gather the seeds in the same region you plant them or the serpents and the termites won’t come. And if you plant forests that don’t belong, the animals don’t come there and the forest is silent.

“We need to listen to the words of the people on the land. Nature is the earth and it is other beings and if we don’t have some kind of spiritual return to our planet, I fear that we will be compromised.”

Source: InstitutoTerra

Continued below...

The Instituto Terra committed itself to the recovery of the 1,502 acres of rainforest in the Bulcão Farm in Aimorés, Minas Gerais The farm was completely devastated when, in 1998, it received the title of Private Natural Heritage Reserve (PNHR). The former cattle ranch originally covered 1,740 acres. The first planting was carried out in December 1999, and since then, year after year, with the support of important associates, it has been possible to plant over two million seedlings of more than 290 species of trees, recreating a forest of arboreal and shrub species native to the Atlantic Forest. Source: Institutoterra.org

A BEACON TO AWAKEN ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO RESTORE AND CONSERVE FOREST LAND

From the moment they founded the Instituto TerraLélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado and Sebastião Salgado, saw the institute as serving as a beacon to awaken environmental awareness of the need to restore and conserve forest land. 

Recognising education and research as key components of this strategy, on February 19, 2002, the Instituto Terra created the Center for Environmental Education and Restoration (CERA). 

Its mission is to contribute to the process of environmental restoration and to the sustainable development of the Atlantic Forest, with special emphasis on the Basin of the River Doce. 

Through CERA, new technologies are shared, throwing fresh light on existing models of development. The ultimate aim is to engage new participants in the battle to achieve sustainable development. 

By December 2012, over 700 educational projects had been developed, embracing 65,000 people in more than 170 municipalities of the Valley of the River Doce, covering both the states of Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais. Some projects have reached as far as the states of Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. 

Source: InstitutoTerra.org

Fauna are returning: many species that were disappearing now find a secure home in Balcão Farm Among birds, 172 species have been identified, of which six are in danger of extinction. There are 33 species of mammals, two of which are in the process of world-wide extinction (classified as ‘vulnerable’). There are also 15 species of amphibians; 15 species of reptiles; and 293 species of plants. Source: Institutoterra.org

NATIVE SPECIES OF TREES WERE CHOSEN WITH THE AIM OF CREATING A FOREST OF HIGH BIOMASS AND DIVERSITY

The Instituto Terra committed itself to the recovery of the 1,502 acres of rainforest in the Bulcão Farm in Aimorés, Minas Gerais. The farm was completely devastated when, in 1998, it received the title of Private Natural Heritage Reserve (PNHR). The former cattle ranch originally covered 1,740 acres. 

The first planting was carried out in December 1999, and since then, year after year, with the support of associates, it has been possible to plant over two million seedlings of more than 290 species of trees, recreating a forest of arboreal and shrub species native to the Atlantic Forest.

At present, just 10% of the PNHR remains to be restored. And the process continues, with the goal of increasing the numbers of native Atlantic Forest species and genomes in the region.

By halting erosion of the soil, the replanting the ground cover at the PNHR Bulcão Farm is fostering a revival of the farm’s water resources - both in quantity and quality. 

The eight natural springs on the farm have been come alive and, even in times of drought, they now flow at a rate of some 20 litres (5.3 gals) per minute.

Native species of trees planted in an area that was completely degraded have been chosen with the aim of creating a forest of high biomass and diversity.

Fauna are returning: many species that were disappearing now find a secure home in Balcão Farm.

  • Among birds, 172 species have been identified, of which six are in danger of extinction
  • There are 33 species of mammals, two of which are in the process of world-wide extinction (classified as ‘vulnerable’)
  • There are also 15 species of amphibians; 15 species of reptiles; and 293 species of plants.

Source: InstitutoTerra.org

Salgado’s wife Léila had the idea to replant the forest From the moment they founded the Instituto Terra, Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado and Sebastião Salgado, saw the institute as serving as a beacon to awaken environmental awareness of the need to restore and conserve forest land. Source: Institutoterra.org

ABOUT SEBASTIÃO SALGADO

For the last 45 years, award-winning Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado has been travelling the continents in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. He has witnessed and recorded the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvations and exodus.

Salgado has travelled to over 120 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these have appeared in numerous press publications and books. Touring exhibitions of this work have been presented throughout the world.

Instituto Terra Learn more about how the Instituto Terra project came about Source: Youtube / Instituto Terra

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

List of power stations in Myanmar.




The following is a list of the power stations in Myanmar.


Coal
Edit

NameCapacity (MW)CommissionedLocationSponsorTypeRefs
Takyit1202002[1]
Pathein660Feasibility StudyNganyoutkaung, PatheinTata Power Pathein[2][3]
Mandalay500Feasibility StudyMandalayMudajaya Group[4]
Kalewa600Pre-permit development[5]MyanISDN Holdings and Tun Thwin Mining[6]
Mai Khot405Construction[7]ShanItalian-Thai Development Public Company[8]
Launglon500Feasibility StudyLaunglon township, Dawei district24 Hour Mining and Industry[9]
Htantabin270MoU Expired[10]Yangon RegionHuaneng Lancang, Htoo Trading[11]
Kungyan Gone3,270Feasibility StudyThaungkon Village, Kungyangun TownshipKaung Myat Thaw Myae Co. Ltd.[12]
Kyauktan500Feasibility Study[13]Kyauktan Township, Yangon, MyanmarDiamond Palace Services Orange(Myanmar), Powergen (India), and Global Adviser (Singapore)[14]
Inn Din1,280Negotiating local people[15]Inn Din village, Ye Township, Mon StateItalian-Thai Development and Toyo Engineering[16]
Bukit Asam minemouth200Feasibility StudyunderdeterminedBukit Asam[17]

GasEdit

NameCapacity (MW)CommissionedLocationOwnerTypeRefs
Ahlone1541995-1999[18]
Hlawga1541996-1999[19]
Pyay801982-2006[20]
Ywama1801957-2013YangonEPGE
Thilawa?1995-1999
Thaton?1995-1999Mon state
Tharkaytha?1995-1999Yangon

HydroelectricEdit

NameCapacity (MW)CommissionedLocationOwnerTypeRefs
Baluchaung1681960-1974Kayah stateEPGECascade[21]
Chibwayage992013Kachin stateEPGEFDI[21]
Kabaung302008[21]
Kyaukme140
Lower Paunglaung2802004-2005[21][22]
Nancho?20014-2015[21][23]
Mone752004[21]
Shweli I6002008-2009
Upper Paunglaung1402015
Yeywa7902010[24]
Myittha?2014-2015[21][25]
Yazagyo?2014-2015[21][26]


Strategic Environmental Assessment Mysnmar Hydropower Sector Finsl Report
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Dams in Myanmar 


Moe Bye Dam in Shan State which is the main source for Baluchaung (Lawpita) Hydropower Plants
There are almost 200 large Dams in Myanmar.[1][2][3] Myanmar (Burma) has a large hydroelectric power potential of 39,000 megawatts (52,000,000 hp), although the economical exploitable potential is about 37,000 megawatts (50,000,000 hp). Between 1990 and 2002, the country tripled its installed capacity of hydro plants, increasing from 253 megawatts (339,000 hp) to 745 megawatts (999,000 hp).[4] Total installed capacity in 2010 is at least 2,449 megawatts (3,284,000 hp) MW, 6% of potential. Several large dams are planned to increase future hydro utilization.[5]

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BackgroundEdit

Although Myanmar is underdeveloped in terms of its hydro-power potential it is not for lack of trying. The agency charged with expanding Hydro project is the State Peace and Development Council and the current chairman of Sr-Gen Than Shwe strives to build more dams. Shwe who hails from the Kyaukse region, through which the Zawgyi River flows is widely rumored to believe himself a reincarnation of King Anawrahta (r. 1044-1077).[6] During his reign King Anawrahta was a prolific dam- and canal-builder, especially along the Zawgyi river. He viewed his hydro projects as atonement for killing his foster-brother Sokkate.[6]
The total electricity generated by Myanmar in 2002 was 6,614 gigawatt-hours (23,810 TJ), consisting of oil (612 GWh, 9%); gas (3770 GWh, 57%); and hydro (2232 GWh, 34%).[4]
Myanmar's hydro power development activities and plans include five-year short term plans and a 30-year strategic plan. This involves generating power for domestic use and exporting to neighboring countries, especially China, Thailand and India. Total planned hydro power development in Myanmar is 14,600 MW.[7]
Though the twelve large planned hydroelectic dams larger than 1,000 MW get much media attention, there are at least another twelve in the 100 - 1000 MW range and at least 27 smaller microhydroprojects smaller than 100 MW. The rest of the dams are generally lower height irrigation structures.
At least 45 Chinese Multi-National Corporations have been involved in approximately 63 hydropower projects in Myanmar, including several related substation and transmission line projects. The country's State Peace and Development Council Chairman Than Shwe met with Chinese representatives at the Shweli I Dam.[1]
Map outlining the states and regions of Myanmar
Exploitable Hydropower Potential of Burma[1][8]
State/RegionNumber of SitesMW]
MyanmarKachin.pngKachin State392,061
MyanmarKayah.pngKayah State73,909
MyanmarKayin.pngKayin State2117,021
Chin State221,312
MyanmarSagaing.pngSagaing Region212,399
Taninthayidivision.png Tanintharyi Region14692
MyanmarBago.png Bago Region11387
MyanmarMagway.png Magwe Region8123
MyanmarMandalay.pngMandalay Region173,482
MyanmarMon.png Mon State10292
MyanmarRakhine.pngRakhine State14247
MyanmarShan.pngShan State837,699
Total: 1226739,624
An Asian Development Bank’s October 2012 assessment of the energy sector in Myanmar reported on the country’s abundant hydropower potential, with 92 potential large hydropower projects already identified. [9]

Major DamsEdit

Salween riverEdit

Salween River downstream of Weigyi Dam site
Salween River and watershed
Seven dams have been proposed for the Salween River. The largest of these hydro power projects is the 7,100 megawatts (9,500,000 hp) (MW) Tasang Dam on the Salween River, which is to be integrated into the Asian Development Bank’s Greater Mekong Sub-region Power Grid. A ground breaking ceremony for the Tasang Dam was held in March 2007, and China Gezhouba Group Co. (CGGC) started preliminary construction shortly after. China’s involvement in the damming of the Salween River is not limited to the Tasang project.
In 2006, the government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sinohydro for the US$1 billion, 1,200 MW Hat Gyi Dam along the Thai border. In April 2007, Farsighted Group, now known as Hanergy, and China Gold Water Resources Co. signed MoUs for an additional 2,400 MW hydropower project on the upper Salween, an area which Yunnan Power Grid Co. reportedly surveyed in 2006.
In April 2008, Sinohydro, China Southern Power Grid Co., and China Three Gorges Project Co. signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement for the development of the hydro power potential of the Salween River. Despite China’s involvement in these large-scale dams on the Salween, most of the electricity is destined for export to neighboring Thailand.
However, In May 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao halted the construction of the Liuku dam on the Salween River in China’s Yunnan province, calling for more thorough impact assessments.[10]

Shweli RiverEdit

The 1,420 megawatts (1,900,000 hp) Shweli I, II, III Cascade, in Shan State near the Chinese border, has also received significant Chinese support. Yunnan Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Co. (YMEC) began work on the Shweli I Hydropower Plant in February 2004 and, following the government's inability to secure funding, joined with Yunnan Huaneng Lancang River Hydropower Development Co. and Yunnan Power Grid Co. to create the Yunnan Joint Power Development Company (YUPD) in August 2006. For more information regarding the Salween River, see [A 1]
A few months later, YUPD assumed an 80% share in the project after creating the Shweli River I Power Station Co. together with Myanmar, turned the Shweli I dam into a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project, and increased the installed capacity from 400 to 600 MW. At least two Sinohydro subsidiaries have provided construction services for the project, and Sichuan Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Co. and Ningbo Huyong Electric Power Material Co. have signed US$ multimillion contracts for electricity transmission cables and towers. The Shweli I Hydropower Plant is slated for completion by June 2009, and was half complete as of May 2007.

N'Mai, N’Mai, Mali and Irrawaddy RiversEdit

In Kachin State, several Chinese MNCs are involved in the construction of seven large dams along the N’Mai HkaMali Hka, and Irrawaddy River, with a combined installed capacity of 13,360 megawatts (17,920,000 hp) In 2007, China Power Investment Co. signed agreements with Burmese authorities to finance all seven dams, as well as with China Southern Power Grid Co. Yunnan Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Co. (YMEC) signed an MoU with Myanmar's Ministry of Electric Power in 2006 to develop the hydropower potential of the N’Mai Hka; however details about this arrangement remain unclear. Changjiang Institute of Surveying, Planning,Design & Research has also completed a feasibility study at the confluence of the N’Mai Hka and Mali Hka.

OthersEdit

In western Myanmar, just inside the Indian border, runs the Chindwin River, where several potential dam sites have been identified that are likely to service export-oriented hydro-power plants. The sites include ThamanthiMawlaikHomalin, and Shwezaye ([10]).
In August 2001, the Kansai Electric Power Company, or KEPCO, contracted with Myanmar to provide technical assistance for developing 12 hydro-power plants, including at least five sites on the Sittang River Yenwe, Khabaung, Pyu, Bogata and Shwe Gin.[6]
China CAMC Engineering Co. has been involved in the surveying and implementation of hydropower projects in the region. The 790 MW Yeywa Dam in Mandalay Region, which began construction in 2006, is also being financed and constructed by several Chinese MNCs, including China Gezhouba Group Co.,Sinohydro, China International Trust and Investment Co. (CITIC) Technology Co., ChinaNational Electric Equipment Co., China National Heavy Machinery Co., and Hunan Savoo Oversea Water and Electric Engineering Co. Additional financial backing for the project is being provided by the China EXIM Bank.
In addition to the Yeywa, Shweli and Hat Gyi projects, Sinohydro China’s largest dam company and its subsidiaries have been involved in the Kun Creek-2KyaukMonechaung,Nam Hkam Hka,Paunglaung (upper & lower)Tarpein I, Thapanseik I, II, III, and Zawgyi I Dams. As with the Yeywa project, both CITIC and China EXIM Bank provided investment and financial backing for the Thapanseik Dam.
The Yunnan Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Co. (YMEC) has been one of the most active Chinese companies in Myanmar's hydropower sector. Since the 1990s, YMEC has been involved in more than 25 projects of varying size, including the Ching HkranChinshwehawDattawgyaingHopinKunheinKunlonKyaing TonKyaukmeLaivaMepanNam Hkam HkaNam MyawNam WopNancho, Paunglaung, Upper Paunglaung, Shweli I, II, III Cascade, Watwon, Zaungtu, Zawgyi I and II, Zichaung, and N’Mai Hka River hydropower projects, as well as the Rangoon Dagon Substation. The extent of YMEC involvement in these projects, several of which are completed, is unclear, but appears to involve construction and some financing.[A 2]

Lists of damsEdit

HydroelectricEdit

List of operating hydroelectric dams in Myanmar
Name#ImpoundsMW ratingCommissionLocation
Shweli I Dam[11]1Shweli River6002008-12
Shan State, near Man Tat village

Zawgyi I Dam2Zawgyi River181997-5-31Shan StateYaksauk Township21.5646°N 96.8735°E
Zawgyi II Dam3Zawgyi River121998-11Shan State
Yeywa Dam[13]4Myitnge River790201021°41′20″N 96°25′17″E
Dapein I5Dapein River1682005
Dapein II6Dapein River2402006
Upper Paunglaung Dam[14]7Paunglaung River1402009-12
Lower Paunglaung Dam8Paunglaung River2802005
Zaungtu Dam9Bago River202000-3Bago Region
II10481960, 1992-8Karenni State
Sedawgyi11Chaungmagyi River251989-6Mandalay Region, Mogok
Mogok[15]124yesMandalay Region
Zawgyt (1)[15]1318yesShan State
Kattalu (Kyunsu)[15]14.15yesTanintharyi Region
Hopin Dam[15]151.26yes
Kunhing[15]16.15yes
Shan State

Namlat (Kyaington)[15]17.48yesShan State
Chinshwehaw Dam[15]180.1yesShan State
Kinda Dam[15][16]19Panlaung river561985Mandalay Reg.. Thazi Township
Selu[15]20.024Shan State
Malikyun (Palaw)[15]21.192Tanintharyi Region
Matupi (Namlaung)[15]22.2Chin State
Maing Lar[15]23.06Shan State
Baluchaung I [15]2428Kayah State
Ching Hkran Dam[15]252.52Kachin State
Laiva Dam[15]260.96 - 0.6Chin State
Nam Wop Dam[15]273Shan State
Nammyao (Lashio) Dam[15]284Shan State
Chinshwehaw (Extension) Dam[15]29.2Shan State
Kunlon Dam[15]30Salween River0.5Shan State
Zi Chaung Dam[15]311.26Sagaing Region

(Mogaung)[15]
325Kachin State (22°17′0″N97°40′0″E)
Nam Suang Ngaung 

(Kyaukme)[15]
334Shan State
Lahe[15]34.05Sagaing Region
Tui swang 

(Tonzang)[15]
35.2Chin State
Che Chaung

(Mindat)[15]
36.2
Thapanseik Dam37302002-6Sagaing Region
Lawpita Dam391921992Kayah state
Monechaung[12]40752004Magway Region (20.4786°N 94.254°E)
Shwegyin Dam41Shwegyin River752011Bago Region
Total40Hydro plants3,048.5 MWcommissionAll Myanmar
List of Planned Hydroelectric Dams in Myanmar
Name#ImpoundsCapacity (MW)CommissionLocation
Myitsone Dam1Irawaddy River36002017 est.25°41′23″N97°31′4″E
Chibwe Dam[12]2N'Mai River200025°53′36″N98°7′49″E
Pashe Dam[12]3N'Mai River160026°29′0″N98°18′59″E
Lakin Dam[12]4N'Mai River1400Lakin26°35′45″N98°24′22″E
Phizaw Dam[12]5N'Mai River1500
Kaunglanphu Dam[12]6N'Mai River1700
Laiza Dam[12]7Mali River156026°32′11″N97°44′34″E
Chibwe Creek Dam[12]8N'Mai River (Chibwe Creek)9925°53′40″N98°8′40″E
Shwe Kyin Dam10
Shwe Kyin Chaung

(Stream)
7517°58′24″N96°56′15″E
Tarpein I [17]Tarpien I[18]13Tarpein River240
Tarpein II Dam14Tarpein River168
Nam Myaw Dam164
Shweli II Dam17Shweli River460
Shweli III Dam18Shweli River360
19Salween River240023°31′54″N98°36′40″E
Mepan (Meipan) Dam221.26
Kunhein (Kunheng) Dam230.15
Kyaing Ton (Kengtung) Dam240.48
TaSang Dam26Salween River711020°27′23″N98°39′0″E
Kengtawng Dam2754
Kyaukme Dam304
Watwon Dam310.5
Dattawgyaing Dam3336
Kyeeon Kyeewa Dam3975
Buywa Dam4060
Nancho Dam4140
Paung Laung Dam[14]44280
Thaukyegat I Dam45150Kayin State
Thaukyegat II Dam46120Kayin State
Kapaung Dam4730Bago Region
Kunchaung Dam4860Bago Region
Yenwe Dam4925Bago Region
Kyauk Naga Dam5175
Hatgyi Dam[19]52Salween River1360
Dagwin dam[6][20]53Salween River792
Tamanthi[21][22]54Chindwin River1200
Weigyi[6]56Salween River454018°37′47″N97°21′39″E
Mobye Dam57Balu Chaung River168
Datawcha Dam58Balu Chaung River28
Tha Htay Chaung[23]59111Thandwe Township
Ann Chaung[23]60Ann River10Ann Township
Sai Din Dam[23][24]61Sai Din Waterfall76.52014 est.Buthidaung
Laymro Dam[23]62Laymro River500
Shwesayay Dam[21]63Chindwin River600
Taninthayi[25]65600
Htamanthi[26]661200
Tajan[27]67
Nam Kok6842,100 to 150
Bilin85280Mon State
Phyu8765Bago Region
Bawgata88160Kayin State
Ywathit Dam89600 to 4,500Kayah State

Irrigation onlyEdit

List of Hydroelectric Dams in Myanmar
Name#impoundsirrigated areaCoordinatesPa Del Dam ( ပဒဲေရေလွာင္တမံ)1irrigationAung Lan Township , Magway DivisionChaungmagyi Dam13,000 acres (12 km2)
Kataik Dam2irrigation
Ngalaik Dam3
irrigation &

industrial water
Pyinmana Township
Yezin Dam4irrigation19°51′54″N96°16′59″E
In addition there were at least 10 major irrigation dams completed during the period between 1962 and 1988.[2]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^
     Mon Youth Progressive Organization. 2007. In the Balance: Salween Dams Threaten Downstream Communities in Burma; Shan Sapawa. 2006. Warning Signs:An Update on Plans to Dam the Salween in Burma’s Shan State; Karen Rivers Watch. 2004. Damming at Gunpoint:Burma Atrocities Pave the Way for Salween Dams in Karen State; & Salween Watch, Southeast Asia Rivers Network & Center for Social Development Studies at Chulalongkorn University. 2004. The Salween Under Threat:Damming the Longest Free River in Southeast Asia. All available at [1] 25 ‘缅甸萨尔温江战略合作框架协议签署 (Salween River Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement Signed).’ 金融界, 28 April 2008.[2] 26 ‘激战瑞丽江——水电十四局瑞丽江电站截流施工纪实 (Shweli River Fierce Battle-Shweli Dam 14th Bureau Damming Construction).’ Sinohydro Website, 26 February 2007. [3] For photographs of construction at the Shweli I Dam site see ‘瑞丽江项目部图库 (Shweli River Project Bureau Photographs).’ Sinohydro’s 14th Engineering Bureau Dali Sub-bureau Website, 29 June 2007.[4] 27 ‘中国在缅甸投资的首个水电项目成功截流 (China’s First Hydropower Investment in Burma Successfully Dammed).’ China Electricity Council, 13 December 2006. [5]; For more information regarding the Shweli Cascade see Palaung Youth Network Group. 2007. Under the Boot. Available in English and Chinese at [6] Sinohydro’s 14th Bureau Dali Sub-bureau Website 
  2. ^
     ‘瑞丽江电站胜利实现截流 (Shweli River Hydropower Station Triumphantly Blocks Water).’ Sinohydro’s 14th Engineering Bureau Dali Sub-bureau Website, 11 December 2006. [7] 29 ‘Myanmar Installs More Transmission Lines for New Power Plant.’ Xinhua General News Service, 5 July 2007; ‘About Huyong.’ Ningbo Huyong Electric Power Material Co. Website.[8] [Thanks toCourier Research Associates for providing this link.] ; & ‘缅甸瑞丽江一级电站工程总承建包合同在昆签字 (ContractsSigned in Kunming for Shweli I Dam).’ Sinohydro’s 14th Engineering Bureau Website, 5 July 2007. 30 For more information, see Kachin Development Network Group. 2007. Damming the Irrawaddy. Available at [9]
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