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Two Chinese firms conduct feasibility studies for Dawei SEZ refinery

Yunnan Indo-Pacific Group and CNPC East China Design Institute will conduct the feasibility studies in cooperation with local company Myanmar Chemical and Machinery Co. Ltd (MCM). MCM last month asked for permission from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) to conduct the study for the refinery, which will have the capacity to process 8 […]

Chinese developers sweep up 1GW solar bids in Myanmar

Exclusive: Firms from China have swept up all but one of the solar projects after a tender which was widely criticised for effectively keeping out local and most international bidders. Chinese companies and their consortia have won the bid to build 28 out of 29 solar plants tendered by the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, […]

Plans for wind power from Chinese firm fall apart in Myanmar

Residents of Chaung Tha, a holiday resort and village on the Bay of Bengal, are still relying on diesel generators to get them through electricity blackouts more than four years after Myanmar’s government gave a Chinese company the go-ahead to build a wind farm nearby. Shortly before leaving office in March 2016, the Thein Sein-led […]

Chinese firms outnumber rivals in Myanmar solar tender

Chinese companies have outnumbered their local and foreign rivals by far in submitting bids for a controversial solar tender in Myanmar, according to an unofficial list of bidders seen by The Myanmar Times. The ministry has not made any official announcements about the number of bids received or released details of the bidders, however the […]

Myanmar splits up “New Yangon” scheme to encourage challenge to giant Chinese contractor

The government of Myanmar has split a Chinese-backed project to create a district for Yangon, the country’s commercial capital. “New Yangon City” was conceived as an 8,100-hectare industrial-commercial zone on the less-developed bank of the Yangon River. The initial work, masterplanned by Aecom, would involve building two bridges, a 13-sq-km industrial estate and commercial and […]

The mystery man behind the Shwe Kokko project

The main investor in a controversial Kayin State mega project is an expatriate Chinese businessman who has a built a commercial empire in Southeast Asia by fudging connections with the Chinese state. By ANDREW NACHEMSON | FRONTIER Although 1,000 kilometres apart, two massive development projects – one in Myanmar’s Kayin State, the other in Cambodia […]

Chinese to conduct feasibility study on Mandalay-Kyaukphyu railway

A Chinese company is applying to conduct feasibility studies for a high-speed railway between Mandalay-Kyaukphyu, said U Nyi Nyi Swe, general manager of Myanma Railways. The railway is part of a larger railway project connecting Muse to Mandalay. A memorandum of understanding for the railway was signed between the Myanmar government and China Railway Eryuan […]

Myanmar Govt to Probe Contentious Chinese Development on Thai Border

YANGON—The Myanmar government has formed a tribunal to investigate irregularities surrounding a controversial China-backed city development project near the Thai border in Karen State. The planned mega resort and city expansion project is controlled by the Karen State Border Guard Force, a Myanmar military-backed armed group led by Colonel Chit Thu and formerly known as […]

The road from Mandalay: Myanmar’s rise as key Chinese cattle supplier

FOUR years ago I wrote a story about the Myanmar cattle industry with the heading “Myanmar’s Enigmatic Beef Cattle Industry: Please ring back in 2026.” I have just spent two weeks in Myanmar (formerly Burma) in mid-January 2020 and must review my predictions for the future of the cattle industry as a lot has happened […]

Chinese automakers move into Myanmar to battle Japanese rivals

YANGON — Chinese automakers are ramping up local production in Myanmar as they go head to head with dominant and entrenched Japanese rivals in the fast-growing market. There was a fivefold increase in the number of new cars sold in Myanmar in the three years to 2019, when sales hit 21,916, according to data from […]