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The Future of Asia 2012

Myanmar Eyes Japan Tech To Revive Power Plant Plans: Minister

Friday, May 25, 2012

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Myanmar aims to bring back a canceled project for the construction of a coal-fired power plant by utilizing Japanese environmental technology, Minister for Industry Soe Thane told The Nikkei in an interview Thursday in Tokyo.

The Myanmar government announced in January that it would halt plans spearheaded by a Thai company to build a 4 million kilowatt coal-fired power plant in Dawei, located in the nation's south, for environmental reasons.

Myanmar now plans to resurrect the project by turning to Japanese companies and their advanced technologies to help reduce environmental concerns, the minister said a day before his scheduled speech Friday at the 18th International Conference on The Future of Asia.

He indicated that Japan's environmental technology may help convince opponents of the power plant project to change their minds.

(The Nikkei, May 25 morning edition)

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.