Engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch has been selected to provide design and consultancy services to a 220MW PV power plant to be built in Myanmar by Thai developer Green Earth Power.

The Green Earth Power led project, which could potentially be the largest in South -East Asia was first touted back in early 2013, highlighting the challenges of attracting finance for the project. 

However, the involvement of Black & Veatch may indicate the project could finally be built as the engineering firm said that construction of the power plant in the Minbu, Magway region was expected to start in the first quarter of 2016

Ric O’Connell, International Renewable Energy Director at Black & Veatch said, “Electricity is an urgent priority in Myanmar and has serious implications on economic and social progress. 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 was long intended to support the Myanmar Government’s aim to increase electricity generation from a current low of 2,500MW to 30,000MW by 2030.