Black & Veatch in Solar Power Plant win
Black & Veatch has been awarded a contract with Green Earth Power (Thailand) to provide the design and consultancy services for what will be South East Asia’s largest solar power plant.
Construction of the scheme in Myanmar will begin in the first quarter of 2016.
“Electricity is an urgent priority in Myanmar and has serious implications on economic and social progress,” said Ric O’Connell, international renewable energy director at Black & Veatch. “As solar facilities can be built rapidly, it is an excellent alternative to quickly add power to the grid and ensure meaningful impacts on quality of life.”
The plant will generate up to 220MWp (megawatts peak) power and is located in Minbu in the Magway region. At present, more than 75% of Myanmar’s population has no access to electricity of any form.
“The plant supports the Myanmar Government’s aim to increase electricity production from the present 2,500 MW to 30,000 MW by 2030,” said Pitak Wangvarangkoon, who was recently appointed as general manager of Black & Veatch’s business in Myanmar.