French technical assistance to help Myanmar provide electricity from river currents

Myanmar men fishing in the river at Thagyarhinoh village, Pyarpone, Ayeyawaddy delta. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

France is to provide technical assistance with sourcing an electricity supply from river currents for distribution to rural regions of Myanmar, state media reported on 24 June, quoting U Win Myo, chair of the Sein Lan Ami-Myay Development Organisation.

Green Lotus, a French environmental conservation group, has attempted to raise awareness of electricity production from water currents that could potentially supply over a thousand families in Myanmar’s rural regions with electricity.

A French company will assist with natural hydro-power technology and machinery education.

French technical assistance will employ a system of hydrokinetic turbine farms featuring two Hydro-Quest River machines which will be able to produce electricity – dependent upon the state of river currents – from water depths of 6 and 12 feet, according to the French Technology Company, a producer of natural electricity, according to the report.

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