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Clashing with the law, SEZ body to resurrect Dawei megaproject

Myanmar’s SEZ working body announced that the long-suspended Dawei SEZ project will be resurrected this October, in a move which is set to clash with the Environmental Conservation Law because there is no known site-wide environment assessment conducted or approved. U Than Myint, chair of the SEZ Central Working Body, said during a meeting with […]

Nay Pyi Taw scraps Hpa-An coal power plant, communities urge Kayin govt to follow suit

Kayin communities and civil society groups applauded Nay Pyi Taw’s decision announced last month to halt a proposed coal power plant in Hpa-An and urged the regional government to confirm the cancellation. Meanwhile, a total of 130 civil society groups issued a joint statement to urge the government to cancel all proposed and suspended coal-fired […]

Premchai’s charges add to Myanmar worry over Dawei economic zone

The arrest of Premchai Karnasuta, president of Thailand-based Italian-Thai Development company (ITD) on poaching charges, has caused alarm in Myanmar’s Dawei communities, where the company is developing the of Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), the Myanmar Times online has reported. The news outlet also reported that despite the unprecedented media outcry over the case, it […]

Born to succeed, Italian-Thai president built construction giant

HIGH-FLYING Premchai Karnasuta, president of Italian-Thai Development plc (ITD), is one of Thailand’s most powerful businessmen after three decades of heading the construction giant, operating both in the Kingdom and across the Asean region. ITD, one of the country’s biggest construction firms, is the builder of many well-known infrastructure projects, including Suvarnabhumi Airport, the BTS […]

B4.5bn Dawei development loan okayed

Plans for the Dawei special economic zone have inched ahead after the Myanmar government agreed to borrow 4.5 billion baht from Thailand to finance the construction of a 132-kilometre road from Dawei’s proposed deep-sea port to Ban Phu Nam Ron in Kanchanaburi. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, who led a Thai delegation to meet Myanmar officials […]

Shell Seals Dawei LNG Development, Supply Deal

Dutch Energy giant Shell has signed an agreement with Italian-Thai Development Pcl (ITD) and Thailand-based energy firm LNG Plus International Co Ltd (LNGP) to cooperate on the development of a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving and regasification terminal in the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ). Under the agreement, Shell will provide technical expertise on […]

Italian-Thai to construct $500m LNG terminal in Dawei, Myanmar

Thailand-based construction firm Italian-Thai Development is planning to construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Dawei industrial zone Myanmar, with an investment of $500m. LNG The LNG terminal is part of the first phase of the $1.7bn Dawei project. It will be designed with an annual capacity of six million tons. The LNG […]