Promoting Rural Electrification in Myanmar

Myanmar, having a rural electrification rate of <25%, has adapted a National Electrification Project (NEP) in 2015 which outlines extension of the national grid, solar home systems and mini-grids (PV, mini hydro MHP, biogas and hybrid) through subsidizing of project developers. The programme has so far been successful with increasing mini-grid projects; however, with a failure to attract the interest of micro-hydropower (MHP). The aim is to increase the number of MHP projects and widen outreach to beneficiaries including remote mountainous area communities.




Project Period:

01.07.2020 to 31.12.2021 (premature termination because of the political situation)

Services Provided:

Consultancy and knowledge sharing: guiding micro-hydropower (MHP) feasibility studies and providing capacity development training

Name of Client(s)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Name of Partner Organisation(s) :

Hydro Engineering GmbH

Name of Staff involved and functions performed:

Dr. Hedi Feibel, Coordinator and MHP Expert
Peter Eichenberger, Chief Engineer and MHP Expert (partner)

Description of the Project:

Objective: The main objective of the assignment is to stimulate increased implementation of mini hydropower projects for rural electrification. The specific objective is to improve the capacity of local MHP service providers and developers and the Department of Rural Development (DRD) in identifying, preparing and implementing MHP projects to a satisfactory quality standard.

Services provided by Skat: This assignment comprises two main areas of intervention. Firstly, assisting private project developers in producing feasibility studies that can be submitted for funding consideration under the NEP Call for Proposal (CfP) mini-grid facility and alternative funding sources (minimum of 6 feasibility studies). Secondly, providing capacity building to both private developers and DRD representatives in the field of micro / mini hydropower technology adoption and project implementation.


  1. Selection of private developers’ project sites for initial site surveys
  2. Site identification surveys of selected locations and final site selection
  3. Support project developers in elaborating feasibility studies
  4. Conduct micro-hydropower technical training courses for private developers:

Results: The number of MHP projects implemented both under the NEP off-grid component and via other programs and initiatives is increased and developers and administration have strengthened their capacity.