E-Visa Holders Permitted to Enter Burma Overland

RANGOON — Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population will allow tourists from 100 countries holding electronic visas to enter Burma through three cities on the Thai border, starting on Sept. 1. The electronic visa application was introduced in 2014 and allowed tourists holding “e-visas” to enter the country only via airports in Rangoon, Mandalay or […]

Govt Defends Plan to Ramp-Up Reliance on Coal

RANGOON — The government intends to push ahead with plans to increase Burma’s reliance on coal-fired power plants to 33 percent of the country’s total generating capacity by 2030, according to a deputy minister from the Ministry of Electric Power. Aung Than Oo, the deputy minister, said on Wednesday that due to projected steady growth […]

Shell Inks Contract to Explore 3 Offshore Oil and Gas Blocks

RANGOON — Royal Dutch Shell and its Japanese partner Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd. (MOECO) signed an exploration and production sharing contract with state-owned firm Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) in Naypyidaw on Thursday for three offshore deep-water blocks. The contract allows Shell to assess the potential of deep-water blocks AD-9 and AD-11 off […]

Plans for Coal-Fired Power Plant Face Opposition in Mon State

YANGON — Plans to build the first coal-fired power plant in Mon State have come under fire by local residents, who say they worry about pollution and potential health ramifications. The Thai-based Toyo-Thai Group held a consultation meeting on Friday with local residents to explain plans to build a 1,280 MW power plant in Inn […]