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Drilling of new wells in Shwe gas field project to start early 2020

The overall Shwe natural gas project includes the A-1 and A-3 blocks. The A-block contains Shwe and Shwe Phyu fields and A-3 contains the Mya field. The eight development wells will be dug first at the Shwe and Shwe Phyu fields in block A-1and the work is expected to take eight months. Once the wells […]

Myanmar’s fuel market: from fanfare to standstill

IN JULY 2017, Frontier reported on the longstanding frustration among drivers in Myanmar at the poor quality of fuel sold at local stations. Just a few months earlier, the Myanmar Investment Commission had abolished a requirement that foreign investors in the sector partner with the Ministry of Energy and Electricity. The larger local players were […]

China’s CNPC breaks into Myanmar fuel retailing with Singapore brand

SINGAPORE/YANGON (Reuters) – China National Petroleum Corp is planning to open dozens of petrol stations in Myanmar, the first major foreign investor to enter the fast-growing Southeast Asian fuel market, as the state giant expands its retail oil business, company officials said. The investment, which could eventually reach tens of millions of dollars, follows a […]

PetroChina receives second Iranian crude shipment via Myanmar terminal

A second Iranian VLCC discharged its cargo at the Myanmar oil terminal in August, indicating that state-run PetroChina is increasingly using the pipeline through the Southeast Asian country for importing Iranian crude to its refinery in southern China. The shipment comes at a time when refiners in the rest of Asia are starting to back […]

The ‘Belt and Road’ Projects China Doesn’t Want Anyone Talking About

Kunming, Yunnan’s provincial capital, occupies a key place in China’s economic diplomacy efforts as the terminus of oil and gas pipelines from the Bay of Bengal and the starting point of a planned railway network winding through Indo-China to Singapore. But the provincial authorities have obscured the location of a brand new, 29.2 billion yuan […]

Myanmar to Receive Revenues from China-Myanmar Crude Oil Pipeline

Myanmar will gain financially from the China-Myanmar crude oil pipeline, which began operations in early April after the two countries signed an agreement for the transport of crude oil, said officials. The crude oil transport agreement was signed on April 10 in Beijing during president U Htin Kyaw’s state visit to China. Now, imported crude […]

PetroChina Yunnan Refinery to be Operational by June

China National Petroleum Corp, the country’s largest oil and gas producer, aims to start operating its new refinery in the country’s southwestern Yunnan province by June, an auxiliary project of the China-Myanmar crude oil pipeline. The first batch of refined oil products is due in early September, said Yu Mingxiang, a senior engineer at PetroChina […]

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 […]