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Belgium Supports Irrawaddy Hydropower Feasibility Study

24 July 2013

Belgium is supporting a feasibility study of hydropower projects on the Irrawaddy River, Eleven Media reports. “Belgium and Myanmar will share the costs of 800,000 euros [about US$1 million] equally for a six-month study on four areas of the [Irrawaddy] River,” said an official from the Ministry of Transport’s directorate of water resources and improvement of river systems. Environment and social impact assessments of the projects would be conducted later. Belgium-based SBE Consulting Engineers will study the feasibility of placing six to eight turbines at sluice gates along the river that would generate a total of 180 to 240 megawatts, Eleven Media said.