Myanmar President Thein Sein on Sunday toured two thermal power plants in Kanagawa Prefecture to see how Japan is handling its energy problems after the Fukushima nuclear disaster shut down nearly all of its atomic power plants.
Thein Sein, who arrived in Japan Friday for a five-day visit, first inspected Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s power plant in Kawasaki, where Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata showed him a cutting-edge gas turbine there.
Recalling how Myanmar’s first geothermal power plant was set up with technical assistance from Tepco, as the utility is known, Thein Sein asked for continued cooperation.
He then visited the coal-fired Isogo power plant in Yokohama run by Electric Power Development Co., better known as J-Power, where he was briefed on the facility’s environmentally friendly and highly efficient energy technology.
Myanmar, which has an abundance of natural gas, is hoping for Japanese aid to help develop its thermal power industry.
At present, nearly three-fourths of Myanmar’s people live without electricity. Even in Yangon, its largest city, there are frequent power outages.
Since the March 2011 quake and tsunami, Japan’s utilities have been forced to ratchet up thermal power generation to make up for the loss of atomic energy prompted by the core meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, which has led to the suspension of all but one of the nation’s 54 commercial reactors.