The plans to construct a 50 MW coal-fired power plant in Lut Lut village, about 20km away from Myeik, have provoked strong local opposition by residents. Lut Lut is a small village with 100 households and a population of about 400. Next to Lut Lut is Thamote village, with more than 700 households .
The Than Phyo Thu Mining company signed an agreement with Tanintharyi Region’s Ministry for Electricity and Industry on July 27, 2012  to develop the power plant on 160 acres (ca. 65 ha) of land . Surveying work by the company started on August 1, 2012 . According to the residents, this land had been confiscated in 2003 for meagre compensation. The army wanted to rent the land to private investors for setting up inland prawn farms, however the plans did not move forward . As of March 2016, the company has been seeking further permissions from the Myanmar Investment Commission to begin the project .
The residents of the two villages started to protest against the coal-fired power plant over fears of adverse livelihood, health and environmental impacts . The company director argued that residents generally welcome the project and that only a few oppose it . As he told the Myanmar Times in 2012 “Locals nearby will see a few slight disadvantages from this plant but will enjoy some big benefits, such as more electricity for less money, which we expect will help to boost industry in the area.” . He further mentioned other benefits such as new jobs and cheaper electricity than the currently produced one based on diesel turbines [1,2].
According to the Thamote village administrator, the residents, however, were not informed when the company signed the plans to build the plant and the results of the social and environmental impact assessment - which the company said was conducted - was never made public . Also other organizations denounced the lack of transparency in the project development . Villagers are well aware of the environmental impacts of coal power plants. Most of them make their incomes from fishing and don’t want the surrounding river and sea to be polluted by the smoke, ash and industrial waste of a coal power plant [1,3,4]. Some villagers cited the case of the Kawthaung, where the same company operates a 8MW coal power plant and where residents reportedly suffered respiratory problems. The protesters said they have a duty in protecting their farming and fishing-based livelihoods, which would be threatened by the coal power plant . (for countrywide experiences and concerns with coal power see for example [6,7]).
The first protests against the project begun in Lut Lut in 2012  and were followed by several other demonstrations. According to DVB news, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Myeik in November 2013, calling for a cancellation of the project . On 12th January 2014, Dawei Watch reported that about 150 people took part in a protest in Lut Lut village. While the organizers wanted it to be attended by 700 people, they were only granted permission to involve no more than 200, with participation limited to one village [3,4]. Shortly after, on 22th January 2014, about 100 locals staged a protest in Myeik with “Save our Thamote village” placards .
While the area has an electricity gap, residents would prefer to receive electricity from natural gas, which is plentiful in the region, said the Thamote village administrator. He believes that electricity supply should be a public issue and not controlled by private investments . According to Sourcewatch.org, as of May 2018, there have been no further development and the project appears shelved .
Opposition to coal power in Myanmar is not limited to single cases but has turned into a countrywide movement because of the adverse livelihood, health and environmental consequences associated to coal mining and burning [6,9,10,11,12]. Several forums were held by civil society groups that urged the government to abandon coal plans over health and environmental concerns, including global warming . In December 2016, 422 civil society organizations signed a statement urging the government to abandon both coal and hydropower plans because of their conflictive and environmentally destructive nature .