YANGON, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- A total of seven regions and states will soon get electricity access under the National Electrification Plan (NEP), the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Saturday.
As part of the NEP, the Electricity Supply Enterprise (ESE) under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy and 12 tender-winning companies signed agreements for the electrification project implementation in those regions and states.
The electrification project will cover the country's Rakhine, Chin and Shan states, Sagaing, Magway and Bago regions and Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory, providing electricity to a total of 193,013 households.
Meanwhile, the grid extension projects are being implemented by the ministry, with the help of the World Bank.
Construction work on the first phase of the NEP will start in March, aiming to provide electricity to 626,757 households in 5,080 villages located within 3.2 km of the national grid.
The project will complete in 2021.
The country expects to reach its target of 55 percent of electrification rate in 2021.