Myanmar eyes junta’s old tricks to fight weaker currency

YANGON — Desperate to halt the severe depreciation of its national currency, Myanmar’s democratically elected government may revive drastic measures that were employed by the military junta. The kyat has lost about 20% of its value against the greenback in the past six months due to Myanmar’s growing fiscal and trade deficits stemming from lower […]

Natural gas core of export activity,followed by garment sector

Natural gas comprises 45 per cent of the export sector, by far the biggest chunk of the market, it is learnt from an announcement released by the Customs Department.The second most exported category is the garment sector, at 17 per cent. The export of natural gas in the 2015-2016 fiscal year fetched over US$4.3billion, whereas […]

Can Myanmar’s Natural Gas riches reel in serious investment?

After five decades of oil and gas exploration stagnation and mismanagement of natural resources under military rule, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in March elected its first non-military president since the 1962 coup, and if it all plays out right, it could open the floodgates for investment in this strategically vital oil and gas venue. On 15 […]

FDI poised to flow on Myanmar’s political transition

Myanmar’s landmark November polls, lauded by international observers, may have given pause to foreign investors weighing the market — but the country’s political transition could attract a new rush of attention, according to industry experts. Once isolated under the regime of a military junta, Myanmar has made great strides in development under quasi-civilian rule. The […]

Myanmar targets 17-fold rise in coal-fired power by 2030

THE southern part of Myanmar is being eyed for new coal-fired power plants, in line with the country’s electricity-generation master plan that will boost the coal-fired power ratio 17-fold by 2030. Aye Min, deputy director for thermal power planning, told the “Myanmar Electric Power Convention” last Thursday that most hydropower projects were located in the […]

Chinese-led group to build Indian Ocean port, industrial park

Myanmar has chosen a consortium of mostly Chinese companies to develop a special economic zone sitting near plentiful offshore natural gas reserves. The Kyaukphyu zone, in the western state of Rakhine, already has an oil and gas pipeline connecting it to China, whose influence over southern neighbor Myanmar could grow as a result of the […]

VPower Awarded Two New Gas-based Distributed Power Projects in Myanmar

VPower Group, one of the fastest growing fast-track distributed power providers just signed two power generation contract arrangements with Myanmar’s state electricity enterprise, for the Economic Zone of Kyauk Phyu and key industrial city Myingyan, both for over the period of five years. VPower Group Logo In Kyauk Phyu, VPower will be doubling the power […]

Bangladesh to import more gas from Myanmar

The government is upbeat over a ‘visible’ win of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Myanmar’s parliamentary elections and eyeing afresh to import natural gas from that country. “We have a fresh plan to purchase natural gas from Chinese firms which have stakes in Myanmar gas fields […]

Oil and gas stumbles with price drop

Some offshore exploration activities have been delayed and natural gas exports are generating lower income. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery traded for US$44.02 yesterday on global markets, vastly different from a year ago, when crude was above $100 a barrel. Faced with dropping prices without a commensurate drop in costs, many energy […]

MEPE calls tender for gas-fired power

Myanma Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE) has issued more tenders for independent power producers to build gas-fired power plants in Yangon and Myingyan, according to an official. Local and international companies have been invited to apply to generate electricity by gas engine or gas turbine, which will then be bought by state-owned MEPE. Both projects are […]