|Project Details||The Upper Yeywa dam is part of a series of dams on the Namtu River. The Namtu River (Dokhtawaddy or Myintgne river in Burmese) originates in the mountains of eastern Hsenwhi and flows through Namtu, Hsipaw, Kyaukme and Nawngkhio townships, before joining the Irrawaddy in the Mandalay plains.|
The Yeywa dam was completed during the military regime in 2010. The Upper Yeywa dam (as of late 2017) is under construction. Three more dams are planned (Namtu dam, Middle Yeywa Dam, Deedoke Dam) and were confirmed on January 8, 2016, by by Khin Maung Soe, Minister for Electric Power .
The project began in 2008. A water division tunnel was completed by early 2016. Construction of the main dam started in early 2016. The entire dam is planned to be completed in 2018 .
Ta Long village will be entirely flooded by the reservoir. The village is well-known in Shan State for producing oranges and pomelos. Other common crops produced are soy bean, rice and corn. Some farmers also use small water turbines to create their own electricity .
The specifications of the dam have changed and differ according to available sources. In 2009, the dam was described as a 140 MW dam. The “Save the Namtu river” report stated that the installed capacity of the Upper Yeywa dam is 280 MW or 308 MW, depending on the source [1, see also 5].
The height of the dam was reported to reach between 90 and 102 meters, depending on the source of information (see 1 for details). The reservoir will stretch for about 60 km.
The dam will be operated by the Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE). Companies involved in the construction come from China (Yunnan Machinery Import and Export Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Orient Engineering), Germany (Lahmeyer International GmbH), Switzerland (Stucky SA), and Japan (with its Chinese subsidiary Toshiba Hydro power (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd ).
The consultancy firm Resource and Environment Myanmar Co. Ltd conducted the ESIA. (Source: see 1).
The China Exim Bank was reported to be among the funding sources .
|Project Area (in hectares)||60 km long reservoir|
|Level of Investment (in USD)||unknown|
|Type of Population||Rural|
|Potential Affected Population||650 homes in Talong will be sumerged. Potential livelihood impacts caused by the changing river ecology may affect thousands of people|
|Company Names or State Enterprises||Stucky SA from Switzerland - constructor|
Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE) from Myanmar - operator
Yunnan Machinery Import and Export Co. Ltd from China - constructor
Zhejiang Orient Engineering (ZOEC) - constructor
Lahmeyer International GmbH Switzerland from Germany - constructor
Toshiba Hydro power (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd from China - supply of turbines and generator
Resource and Environment Myanmar Co. Ltd from Myanmar - ESIA consultant
|Relevant government actors||Burma’s military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)|
Khin Maung Soe, Minister for Electric Power
|International and Financial Institutions||China Exim Bank from China|
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||Shan State Farmers Network|
Shan Human Rights Foundation, http://www.shanhumanrights.org/
Shan Sapawa Environmental Organization