Submitted on Wed, 6 May 2015 - 10:50 AM
In the morning of May 5, 2015 more than 5,000 people from Ye Township and other areas in Mon State came to Andin Village to protest the coal-fired power plant proposed by TTCL (previously named, Toyo-Thai Corporation)
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between TTCL and Department of Hydropower Planning of the Ministry of Electric Power in Myanmar was signed on April 9, 2015 for the 1,280 MW coal-fired power plant. The company explains that by the end of this year all the land purchase, financial agreements, and the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will be put into place before the construction begins next year.
Nonetheless, the company's project may be delayed as local opposition grows.
"No Coal" signs are held up high by protestors in Andin Village. Many residents explain that they disagree with the project because they are worried about the impacts of coal-fired power plant on their subsistent livelihoods, the environment, agrarian economy. Potential health problems are also one of their major concerns.
The proposed 2.8 billion USD Ye Coal-fired Power Plant is expected to use over 4 million tons of imported coal annually once it goes into operation in 2019.