The Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) has announced that it plans to develop gas-fired electricity stations in Kyauk-Phyu in Rakhine State, Thaton in Mon State and Thilawa near Yangon in an effort to resolve the country’s power supply shortage. The Government owned Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise Ltd is currently evaluating bids from five companies in relation to the development of the station in Rakhine State. The winner is expected to be announced by the end of December 2014.  The stations will be supplied with natural gas from the China-Myanmar Gas Pipeline. The MOEP is also planning to build a 50MW gas-fired station in the vicinity of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (Thilawa SEZ). The development near the Thilawa SEZ will receive loan-funding from Japan. (Source: Myanmar Times, 28 July 2014)