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Total, Siemens propose scaled-back LNG project in Tanintharyi

The European consortium behind a 1,230-megawatt power project in Tanintharyi Region has proposed scaling back its plans amid stalled talks with the government over financial terms. However, a senior government official told Frontier the revised proposal is unlikely to be accepted and the project now faces the prospect of suspension or cancellation. French energy giant […]

Myanmar’s fuel market: from fanfare to standstill

IN JULY 2017, Frontier reported on the longstanding frustration among drivers in Myanmar at the poor quality of fuel sold at local stations. Just a few months earlier, the Myanmar Investment Commission had abolished a requirement that foreign investors in the sector partner with the Ministry of Energy and Electricity. The larger local players were […]

Protests and demonstrations a key concern for extractive companies

Protests and demonstrations pose a serious security threat to the oil and gas industry as well as mining sector in Myanmar, a recent poll among industry players showed. Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) organised workshops aiming to raise awareness of the relevance of Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) for Myanmar’s […]

What to expect from Myanmar’s top five export sectors

Even though Myanmar managed to bring down its trade deficit by US$500 million to $1.3 billion during the period between April 1 and September 30 from the same period last year, the volatile exchange rate and rising oil prices may well continue to drive up import costs in the coming months. U Yan Naing Tun, […]

Myanmar To Auction Off 31 New Oil And Gas Blocks

On August 30 the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MoEE) announced it would be opening fresh rounds of bidding for oil and gas blocks in the first half of next year, and there are plans to launch a tender for at least one onshore block before the end of 2018. If all goes according to […]

Total announces positive appraisal of A6 Block discovery, offshore Myanmar

Total announces a successful appraisal of the A6 Block, Shwe Yee Htun-2 discovery, offshore Myanmar, completing a major step towards confirming a commercial project. The well was drilled to a final depth of 4,820 m and encountered 40 m of net gas pay in a high-quality reservoir. Preliminary tests confirm good reservoir quality, permeability and […]

Myanmar Hopes to Double Electricity Capacity by 2021

YANGON: Myanmar is planning to double its electric power capacity by 2021 by building natural gas-fired power plants, two senior officials told Reuters on Wednesday, in an ambitious move to tackle chronic power shortages in the energy-starved country. With only one-third of the country’s 60 million people connected to the electrical grid and cities experiencing […]

Better Gas Technology, Infrastructure Crucial to Solving Power Problem

Myanmar, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is nevertheless notorious for its insufficient supply of power. Despite several State and regional Master Plans and programs, just one third – or 3.7 million out of the 10 million households in the country – enjoys access to electricity. Meanwhile, the government’s losses, accumulated on […]

Energy dilemma

Myanmar needs oil and gas revenue to spur its economy and new discoveries to feed its growing energy appetite, but low oil prices could bring cutbacks in exploration. Myanmar is bracing for a rougher ride after a few years of giddy economic expansion as foreign direct investment slows amid falling oil prices and global uncertainty. […]

Woodside scores drilling success with gas find off Myanmar

Woodside Petroleum looks well placed to capitalise on its early entry into the exploration hotspot of Myanmar, reporting what chief executive Peter Coleman called an “encouraging” gas discovery at its first well. The find at the Shwe Yee Htun-1 exploration well appears of relatively modest size, at 15 metres of “net gas pay”, but it […]