Myanmar is planning to set up a 1,280 MW coal-fired power plant in eastern Kayin to address the country’s power deficit. Only a third of the population of 60 million is connected to the grid and major cities experience persistent blackouts. The project, which would increase the country’s current electricity production by about 25 per cent, is awaiting approval from the authorities. It will be developed by Thailand-based TTCL Public Company Limited using advanced clean coal technology to mitigate the environmental impact. The feasibility study on the environmental and social impact of the project will be ready by December 2017.