Myanmar National Electrification Project

The World Bank is currently negotiating with the government of Myanmar a National Electrification Project worth a total of $567, of which $400 will be provided by the World Bank.

The project development objective is to help increase access to electricity in Myanmar. This is to be achieved through the following components:

1. Grid extension (IDA $300 million)

This component is expected to extend the power distribution network and connect the closest communities and households in line with the Government’s National Electrification Plan. IDA finance is expected to support expansion of distribution substations and the procurement and supply of goods for targets of: (a) around 12,900 miles of power distribution lines and transformers in more than 6,300 locations; and (b) connections and meters for around 750,000 households, 11,600 health clinics, schools and other community buildings, and 132,000 public street lights. The Government and communities are expected to co-fund the cost of installation and related services.

2. Off-grid electrification (IDA $80 million)

This component targets remote communities unlikely to receive grid access in the next 10 or more years. IDA finance is expected to cover partial costs for: (i) solar photovoltaic devices or systems for a target of 456,500 households; (ii) mini-grids to serve some 35,500 households; and (iii) electricity connections for 11,400 health clinics, schools and other community buildings, and 19,000 public street lights.
The IDA support is designed to complement and coordinate with IFC’s proposed Lighting Myanmar Program of advisory services to help develop the commercial market for solar photovoltaic devices and kits in central Myanmar. The proposed IFC program would provide such services separately and in parallel to this project, both as part of the overall integrated WBG JIP.
3. Technicalassistance and project management (IDA $20 million)

This component serves to: (a) strengthen institutional capacity to implement both grid and off-grid components of the National Electrification Plan at all levels of implementation; (b) improve related policy and regulation; (c) develop an integrated framework for electrification planning, results monitoring and impact evaluation with geographic information system; (d) secure technical advice and consulting services on standards, technology assessment and technical design, economic and financial analysis, environmental and social impact management, procurement and financial
management; and (e) manage the Project.
4. Contingent emergency response (IDA $0)

This component, with an initial allocation of zero, is part of the IDA Immediate Response Mechanism (IRM) in Myanmar. The IDA IRM allows reallocation of a portion of undisbursed balances of IDA-financed investment projects for recovery and reconstruction support following a formal request from Government in the event of an eligible emergency. Eligible uses of, and implementation arrangements and operational procedures for the IDA IRM are outlined in the Myanmar IDA IRM Contingent Emergency Response Implementation Plan (CERIP) being developed, which is expected to serve as the operational manual for this component.
More information can be found in the Project Information Document (PID) on the project website.