Myanmar faces energy crossroads

Myanmar’s government has announced new oil and gas tender plans just as green shoots are being sighted in Southeast Asian upstream investment. But the country’s private sector has said tough fiscal measures must be carefully revised to entice international energy investment. The Ministry of Electricity and Energy plans to offer 18 onshore and 13 offshore […]

Shrouded in secrecy, SOE profits are not financing country’s development

Reallocation of excess savings from Myanmar Gems Enterprise (MGE) and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) alone could provide more than K2.8 trillion in available financing for the government’s budget in the fiscal year starting from October, on top of covering expenses of the two state-owned enterprises. The government has lost more than US$2 billion […]

Oil and gas responsible for half of Myanmar’s debt

While being the highest generator of revenue for the country, the oil and gas industry is also responsible for accepting half of the loans taken by the country, said Daw Moe Moe Tun, civil society representative of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) during the release of its report on Myanmar. “The contribution of revenue […]

Over the last year, Myanmar’s energy sector stumbles in right direction

Home to one of the world’s oldest oil and gas industries, oil exploration in Myanmar began in the early Bagan era. During the reign of King Anawrahta in the Bagan Era, evidence shows that the Buddha’s Three Teachings were coated with oil to prevent damage. With the nationalisation of the oil industry in 1963, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Singapore Company Plans to Expand Petroleum Exploration in Myanmar

YANGON, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — A Singapore-based company, Interra Resources Ltd, is negotiating with Myanmar’s energy authorities to win an 11-year deal for expanding petroleum resources exploration and development in two oil fields, official media reported Thursday. The expansion project, which covers 1,800 square km, will be carried out in Chauk and Yenangyaung oil fields […]

North Petro Chem Corporation Ltd of China exploring gas field in Ngahlaingtwin area

Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing described joint oil and gas exploration and production projects between Myanma Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE) and North Petro Chem Corporation Ltd of China to yesterday’s meeting of the Amyotha Hluttaw. The deputy minister said North Petro Chem Corporation Ltd signed a PSC with MOGE for […]

Jade sector ranked 83rd among 89 countries assessed

An institution that ranks countries rich in natural resources has given failing or poor marks to the governance of Myanmar’s gemstone and oil and gas sectors. The 2017 Resource Governance Index assesses how a country manages their oil, gas and mining resources in order for all people in a resource-rich country to benefit. Myanmar’s gemstone […]

North Sea Expertise Supporting Myanmar’s Deep Water Exploration

The Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell visited Myanmar on April 3-5 to promote and discuss developments of UK-supported projects in offshore oil and gas sector. The projects were initiated back in September 2015 when U Pe Zin Tun, as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Energy, led a delegation to Aberdeen. With the […]