Myanmar is buying only 200 million cubic metres of natural gas for local consumption, although its quota entitled the country to buy two billion cubic metres of natural gas from Southeast Asia Gas Pipeline Co Ltd , the operator of Myanmar-China gas pipeline project.
“We are supplying gas from four distribution centres – Kyaukphyu, Mandalay, Yenanchaung and Taungtha – for local electricity generating. The gas supply will increase later,” said an official from the company.
The 793-km Myanmar-China gas pipeline runs through Kyaukphyu in Rakhine state to Yunnan province of China. The pipeline started gas transmission in June 2013.
Taungtha distribution centre began the operation this month and it will be the main supply centre for Myingyan power plant.
It is estimated that a total of 12 billion cubic metres of natural gas will be transported via the pipeline to China per annum. At the initial state, the transmission capacity is set at 5.2 billion cubic metres.
Southeast Asia Gas Pipeline is a joint venture between China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). Both also established Southeast Asia Oil Pipeline Co to run an oil pipeline.
According to CNPC, Both pipelines will start from Myanmar’s Kyaukryu and enter China at Ruili in Yunnan Province. The gas pipeline will extend across Yunnan, Guizhou, Chongqing, and Guangxi.
Source: Eleven Myanmar