New China Refinery Faces Delay as Myanmar Seeks Extra Oil Tax: Sources

A newly built Chinese refinery near its border with Myanmar is facing a delayed start-up after state firm PetroChina balked at paying an extra tax for piping crude oil through the Southeast Asian nation, two senior Chinese industry sources said. PetroChina parent CNPC early last year began trial operations of a deep sea port and 2,400-km (1,490 […]

Myanmar buys only small amount of gas

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, […]

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

China and Myanmar have had a mixed post-war relationship, ranging from warm to hostile, with Burma being the first non-communist country to recognize the PRC in 1949, then expelling much of its Chinese population following anti-Chinese riots in the 1960s. Since the repression of pro-democracy riots in 1988, Myanmar has generally sought a closer relationship […]

China-Myanmar crude pipeline opens: Chinese state media

[BEIJING] A pipeline pumping oil from Myanmar to China started a trial operation on Wednesday, Chinese state media reported, Beijing’s latest step to diversify energy imports into the world’s second-largest economy. The 771 kilometre (478 mile) pipeline will connect the world’s top crude buyer with a deep-water port in western Myanmar, reducing China’s dependence on […]

Kyaukphyu SEZ: Economic Reality or Pipedream?

The development of a special economic zone (SEZ) around Kyaukphyu in Myanmar’s Rakhine State could move closer to reality before the end of the year with the naming of tender winners for the development of factories, new housing and infrastructure. Twelve foreign and domestic firms have been shortlisted by the SEZ development committee, which failed […]

Myanmar Pipeline Carries 1.87bln cm of Gas to China in First Year

BEIJING — China imported 1.87 billion cubic meters of gas through the China-Myanmar gas pipeline in its first year of operation, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said on Monday, as the pipeline slowly ramps up to full capacity. The multibillion-dollar gas pipeline stretches over 2,400 km (1,500 miles) from the Indian Ocean through Myanmar to […]

China’s rivals catching up in investment race in Myanmar

Although China remains the biggest foreign investor in Myanmar, investments from other countries are quickly catching up in the Southeast Asian nation, which was once a pariah in the international community. This was demonstrated in the energy and telecommunications sectors, where Myanmar has awarded licences and contracts to companies from several nations, but none as […]

China Cutbacks Put Burma Oil Terminal, Pipeline in Doubt

The future of China’s multi-billion dollar investment in an oil terminal and transshipment pipeline in Burma may be in doubt, after a major processing refinery project in China was delayed. The controversial refinery in the Yunnan Province capital of Kunming, which sparked angry street protests last year over pollution worries, will not now be built […]

Myanmar to earn US$ 900 million a year from gas pipeline

According to a recent report by the Shwe Gas Movement, Myanmar will get US$ 900 million a year from the Myanmar-China natural gas pipeline. The twin Shwe oil and gas pipelines was built by the China state-owned National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) export natural gas and crude oil from Myanmar to China. At present, only the […]

Myanmar Govt Allows Oil and Gas Firms to Name Profit-Sharing Terms

In an apparent bid to make tenders to explore for oil and gas more attractive, Burma’s Ministry of Energy is inviting international companies preparing their bids to suggest their own terms for profit sharing with the government, a ministry official said Tuesday. The ministry is currently accepting bids from companies for exploration licenses on 18 […]