Noung Pha and Man Taung Hydropower Project

Location of dams
The Noung Pha dam site is in Lashio township. It is about 94 miles by road east of Lashio. It is about one mile north of the village of Ta Sang Lian. Map coordinates: UTM 47Q 2298-09 (2451000N, 449800E)
The Man Taung dam site is located near the Noung Pha dam. It is located on the Nam Ma tributary, about 7 miles east of the Salween River. Map coordinates: UTM 47Q 2298-09 (2539800N, 454000E)

Dam specifications

Noung Pha (Last updated : Jan 2015)
Location: Near Tarsanglyan Village, Tangyan Township, Shan State on the mainstream Salween river
Installed Capacity: 1,200 MW
Type of Dam: Roller compacted concrete gravity dam
Height and Width: 90 m x 265 m
Water height: 45 m
Construction period: 5 years and 6 months
Sale of Electricity:    90% of the power generated will be sold to China.

Man Taung
Location: on the Nam Ma tributary of the Salween river
Installed capacity: 225 Megawatts (75 MW x 3)
Type of Dam: Concrete faced rock filled Dam
Height and width: 109 m x 518 m
Water height: 86 M
Construction period: 4 years and 1 month

Companies involved

1.     Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power
2.     China’s Hydrochina Corporation
3.     International Group of Entrepreneurs Co.,Ltd. (IGOEC)



 Cost :    Unknown, but less than US$320 million40 (last updated: Jan 2015)
Future plans
1.     Signing a Memorandum of Agreement
2.     Carry out Environmental Impact Assessment/Social Impact Assessment
3.     Signing a Joint Venture Agreement
4.     Set up a Joint Venture Company
5.     Begin project

Project Status

Impacts of Noung Pha Dam
The environmental area which will be impacted by the Noung Pha dam project is 55.419 square kms.
Impacted areas are as follows:
Farming land: 1338.75 hectares (3,307 acres )
Garden Land: 6.98 hectares (17 acres)
Forest land: 2253.58 hectares (5,566 acres)
Project Land: 13.08 hectares (32 acres)
Population: 430 people
Housing area: 10,403 square meters
Roads: 15 kms (9 miles)
Villages: 2 villages
Impacts of Man Taung Dam
The environmental area which will be impacted by the Man Taung dam project is 41.17 square kms.
Impacted areas are as follows:
Farming land: 174.24 hectares (677 acres)
Garden land: 302.69 hectares (748 acres)
Forest Land: 3,093.1 hectares (7,640 acres)
Project Land: 15.64 hectares (39 acres)
Population: 285 people
Housing area: 9,100 square meteres
Roads: 26.6 km(16 miles)
Bridges: 3 bridges
Villages: 2 villages
Programs to support local people in the project area
For the local villagers that have to move to other places, the company will build new houses, clinics, schools and religious buildings. The standard of living in the new places will be better than in their old villages. The company will give them agricultural land, money and sufficient electricity. Roads and bridges will be built for improved communication. Job opportunites will be created for the local people.
Benefits for the country
The country will get the following benefits from the Noung Pha and Man Taung dam projects:
Free share 15 %
Free power 10% can collect the tax.
Income tax 25 %
Commercial tax 5%
Withholding tax on interest 15%
The projects will generate millions of dollars for the country. This money can be used for the development of local people and to improve their livelihoods.
Benefits to local people
The local people will have more jobs, and the living standards will be better. Shan State will have sufficient, full-time electricity. Families will have enough electricity to use, and local industries can be developed. The areas near the project will have improved communications, tourism, trading, education and health care. Local people will develop job skills which will enable them to find work in other areas.
The electricity that is produced will be sold to the neighboring countries, which will give a lot of income to Burma.

EIA   To be conducted by third-party, international consultant; status unknown (Last updated: Jan 2015)
Investors    Ministry of Electric Power
HydroChina Corporation; and
International Group of Entrepreneurs (IGE) Company

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