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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 […]

Mawlamyine plant may not have proper power plant permission

Myanmar: A controversial 0.5Mt/yr cement plant in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw Township has apparently not sought permission from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy in order to generate power, according to the ministry itself. This has rekindled demands from local residents that the plant cease production. The US$400m plant, run by Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL), is […]

Lacking Training, Mon State Investment Committee has no Real Power

The recently formed Mon State Investment Committee has been unable to begin work on soliciting and regulating investment because of a lack of direction from the Union investment body that formed it. Members of the Committee, which was formed on July 7, say they are waiting for the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) to train them […]

Coal-Powered Cement Plant Starts Production Despite Local Opposition

MOULMEIN, Mon State — A 5000-ton cement factory has started commercial operations in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, despite opposition from locals over the coal-fired plant that will fuel it. Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan confirmed on Thursday the US$400 million project, run by Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL)—a joint venture between Thai firm Siam […]

MCL Transports 150,000 Tons of Coal for Factory’s Operation

Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL) has already transported 150,000 tons of coal to its factory site in the Pyartaung Mountain area, Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State. With permission from Myanmar Investment Commission and Myanmar Seaport Authority, MCL has been transporting coal up Attaran River in order to power its operations, since February, 2015. “Starting in early 2017, […]

Mon State Cement Plant Nearing Completion amid Ongoing Opposition

RANGOON — A Thai-backed cement factory under construction in Mon State is on track to begin operations in mid-2016, the company said this week, despite ongoing opposition from locals over the presence of a coal-fired power plant on the site. The factory in Kyaikmayaw Township, situated near the Zami River—an important water source for at […]

Thai cement giant tackles Mon coal fears

Siam Cement Group has invited a number of monks to visit its plant in Thailand, as part of the company’s efforts to ease local concerns about a coal-burning plant that will power its new cement factory in Kyaikmaraw, Mon State. Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL), a joint venture between SGC and Pacific Link Cement Industries, is […]