China Eyes Mon State Investment

MAWLAMYINE, Mon State — Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang indicated his country is considering investment in Mon State during a meeting with the state government on Friday. According to the Chinese ambassador, investors are interested in rubber products manufacturing, fruit cultivation and the tourism sector, said Mon State minister for natural resources and environmental […]

PTTEP to start exploring two offshore blocks next year

Myeik—Thailand-based PTT Exploration and Production Public Co Ltd (PTTEP) will start exploration work in the M9 and M11 offshore blocks in the Gulf of Martaban next year. The blocks are located 250 kilometres from Dawei and 270 kilometres from Myeik, respectively. The company held a public meeting to explain the upcoming exploration work on August […]

Ready to Rumble?

​​ Weekend investigates the sleeping giant underneath Yangon. It’s not a matter of if, but when. This verdict comes up time and time again when speaking to local and international experts on the likelihood of Yangon’s next big earthquake. Why? The largest city in Myanmar is currently facing twin threats of bad location and bad timing. […]

Coal power central to gov’t energy plans

Myanmar’s energy sector will require investment of between US$30 billion and $40 billion over the next 15 to 20 years, and should focus on coal power, according to the government’s Energy Master Plan, published last month. Domestic energy consumption is forecast to almost double to 21.9 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2030 from […]

Myanmar and California quake threats similar

The earthquake threat in California is little different from that posed by the Sagaing fault line that slices north to south through the middle of Myanmar. Earthquakes hit California and Myanmar every day, but while most do not cause damage or loss of life, experts say the day will come when big quakes will cause […]

Dawei Economic Zone ‘Lacks Clarity’ as Another Thai Firm Claims Deal

A little-known private company based in Bangkok is the latest to lay claim to becoming the major electricity provider for the Dawei Special Economic Zone—a project to build a regional economic hub in southern Myanmar that has generated much talk, but little action. Andaman Power & Utility Company Limited says it has been chosen by […]

PTTEP to invest $3.3b in oil and gas projects

State-owned Thai oil firm PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP) will spend US$3.3 billion over the next five years to develop gas projects throughout Myanmar, company executives announced last week. The firm, one of Thailand’s largest, currently has funds in seven oil and gas projects in the country and plans in part to use its […]