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Thai company to conduct impact study for offshore block


Thailand’s national oil and gas company PTT Exploration and Production Public Co Ltd will conduct an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the offshore block called M9 before drilling exploratory and test wells in the second quarter of the year, the company has told Myanmar Times.

PTTEP said it will conduct the EIA to ensure there is minimal impact on the site before work begins.

The company said it is standard procedure for it to conduct the study before exploration and submit the results to the relevant authorities.

An initial study of the area for the EIA was started early last year.

The EIA could take up to 12 months to complete and will include the objections of non-governmental organisations and fishing organisations, if any, before it is presented to the public. Public meetings will also be held and opinions voiced will be considered in the EIA as well, said PTTEP.

“With 30 years of experience in engaging with Myanmar’s oil and natural gas sector, PTTEP has been focusing on safety, health and environmental protection. When working in Myanmar, PTTEP Myanmar project has followed the rules, regulations and procedures of Myanmar. We would like to say that it is a part of Myanmar’s sustainable development, said PTTEP Myanmar Project General Manager Mr Piya Sukhumpanumet.

Source: Myanmar Times

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