Irrawaddy hydropower pilot project

Irrawaddy hydropower pilot project


The Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) which is a part of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (MOTM) asked SBE to conduct a feasibility study concerning a pilot project on dam construction on the Irrawaddy River. This pilot project is part of a master plan of integrated water management on the Irrawaddy river which has to result in enhanced navigation, flood control, the production of hydropower and improved irrigation, all of this with maximal respect for environmental and social welfare. Therefore a dam construction is proposed.

 Myanmar      Myanmar

Four locations were chosen and an extensive multi-criteria analysis favoured one site as the optimal location for a hydropower pilot project. The following task were performed during the project:

  • Data gathering on the Irrawaddy River
  • Considerations on the current navigability and the existing fleet
  • Analysis of the Irrawaddy valley's geology and natural hazards (earthquakes,...)
  • Mathematical hydrological model of the river for over more than 400km
  • Modelling of the impact of a dam on water levels
  • Turbine selection for the hydropower plant and generated output
  • High-level social and environmental impact analysis
  • Concept design of a fish bypass for the Irrawaddy Dolphin
  • Multi-criteria analysis
  • Concept design of all components of the hydropower dam, construction phasing and cost estimate




Aunglan, Myanmar
Port & river engineering
Feasibility study
2012 - 2013