China-Thai to build hydropower plant in Myanmar

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The Nation 28 June 2006

China, Thailand to build US$1 billion hydropower plant in Myanmar Chinas state-owned Sinohydro Corp. and Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) have agreed to build a US$1 billion hydroelectric station on the Salween River in Myanmar, the Chinese company said Wednesday on its website.

The 600-megawatt station in Hutgyi, Myanmar, is the first of five to be built in partnership by China, Thailand and Myanmar along the Salween, according to Sinohydro official.

Sinohydro, Chinas largest hydropower station builder, signed an agreement Monday with EGAT to build the Hutgyi station, the Chinese company said on its website.

The hydroelectric station will be the largest joint project among China, Thailand and Myanmar.

Thailand and Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding in May 2005 to build five hydropower stations with total capacity of 12,700 megawatts on the Salween River, which flows through China, Thailand and Myanmar.