Work stops on hydropower project near Thandwe, Rakhine State due to fighting

Potential junta airstrikes at the construction site could cause further delays in completing the project, which was on schedule to start providing electricity to a million people by 2026

Residents of Thandwe Township in southern Rakhine State claim that construction on a nearly completed hydroelectric power project halted this week after clashes broke out nearby between junta forces and the Arakan Army (AA).

The planned project, located on the north bank of the Tha Htay creek some 12 miles northeast of Thandwe, will be the first operational hydropower project in Rakhine State upon its completion. 

With a predicted capacity to produce 386 million kilowatt-hours per year and supply electrical energy to a million people, the project has been ongoing since 2008 in cooperation with the Japan-based utility company The Kansai Kansai Electric Power Limited.

Construction continued even after the 2021 military coup, and the military council estimated in October 2022 that the entire project would be finished in the 2025-2026 fiscal year.

After the AA launched assaults on a junta base camp near the Tha. . .

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