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Myanmar rushes power plant projects to avoid more blackouts

Critics say harsh contract terms are scaring off potential bidders

A woman works at a sewing machine during a power outage in Yangon on May 24.   © Reuters

YANGON -- Myanmar's government is trying to address the country's worsening power shortage, aiming to add 1,072 megawatts of new electricity generating capacity ahead of elections in late 2020.

The move reflects concerns about growing public dissatisfaction over crippling power blackouts and price increases to help fund a string of power plant projects.

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