China and Myanmar open long-delayed oil pipeline

Strategic supply route helps Beijing avoid Malacca Strait chokepoint China and Myanmar have finally agreed to open a cross-border pipeline into south-east China, allowing Beijing to diversify oil supply routes and reduce its dependence on the contentious South China Sea. The agreement, announced by Chinese vice-foreign minister Liu Zhenmin at the end of a state […]

CNPC loads first crude oil into Myanmar-China pipeline

China’s state-owned refiner China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said it has loaded the first crude oil through its Myanmar-to-China pipeline, the latest step towards supplying crude to its new refinery in Yunnan province. Some 1,150 cubic meters per hour of crude flowed into the 770-kilometre (480 mile) pipeline from Tuesday, CNPC said in a statement […]

Oil Pipeline Through Myanmar Highlights China’s Growing Import Dependence

Oil began flowing into a crucial pipeline in Myanmar this week, after years of delay. The pipeline, along with a twin natural gas line running along the same route, is an essential element of China’s strategy to diversify its sources of oil supply. When the pipeline reaches maximum capacity, it could account for as much […]

China’s Trans-Myanmar Pipeline to Start Pumping Oil in May

A pipeline pumping crude oil from Myanmar ’s Rakhine coastline into Yunnan Province in China will finally be operational in May after several delays, according to the Thura Swiss market research company based in Yangon. An official from investors Southeast Asia Crude Oil Pipeline (SEAOP) was cited in local and Chinese media reports this week […]

Myanmar-China Crude Oil Pipeline to Commence Next Month

​ After a two-year delay, the Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline is expected to begin operating in May, officials said this week. The respective parties of Myanmar and China were discussing the terms and conditions on the crude oil pipeline operation since its soft opening launched in early 2015, according to officials. “The crude oil pipeline […]

Myanmar: Ground Zero for China-India Energy Competition | Geopolitical Monitor

Since the early 1990s, China’s remarkable economic growth has led to a dramatic increase in its domestic energy needs, prompting its state-owned national oil companies (NOCs) to embark upon a worldwide search for oil and gas reserves. This strategy has been successful in diversifying import sources and satisfying the demands of a growing economy, yet […]

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 […]