Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has won a deal to provide equipment for two power islands in Myanmar which will electrify a new economic zone.

The contract has been awarded by state-owned power provider Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise and is for two sets of MHPS’s H-25 gas turbines and a generator for two thermal power islands.

The islands will have a combined output of 50 MW and will power the Thilawa Special Economic Zone which is under development near Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. The first unit is due to be operational in March 2016 with the second set to be online four months later.

Thilawa Special Economic Zone is a joint project between of Myanmar and Japan which is due to start operating this year. It is intended to attract direct overseas investment “as a way of creating local employment opportunities and driving Myanmar’s economic development”.

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