CTG, Gunkul 'scope Myanmar wind'

The government of Myanmar has reached deals with China Three Gorges (CTG) and Thailand’s Gunkul Engineering to carry out feasibility studies on about 4GW of potential wind power project sites, reports in Southeast Asia say. 

Three Gorges will look at potential sites in Myanmar’s Chin and Rakhine states, as well as the Ayeyarwady region, near the former capital of Yangon, with a view to developing up to 1.1GW of wind farms. 

Gunkul Engineering, meanwhile, will look at the possibility of developing about 2.9GW of wind in Myanmar’s Mon, Kayin and Shan states, as well as the Tanintharyi region in the southernmost part of the country. 

CTG – best known for the giant dam in China that bears its name – has spread its wings into other markets, most notably via major investments in interests of Portuguese wind giant EDPR and its parent group EDP.

CTG is also a minority shareholder in Chinese turbine manufacturer Goldwind.

Bangkok-listed Gunkul makes power generation and transmission equipment, and also offers EPC services.

The company aims to put three sites into operation as early as 2015, according to Myanmar state media.

CTG and Gunkul have not so far replied to requests for more details of the plans.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Electrical Power estimates that it currently can only supply electricity to 30% of the country’s population. 

Power supply concerns have been weighing on foreign investment since the country embarked on a series of political and economic reforms two years ago.