Sino-Myanmar Gas Pipeline
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Sino-Myanmar Oil Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in Myanmar and China.
The pipeline runs from Kyaukryu, on the west coast of Myanmar, through the states of Rakhine, Magway, Mandalay and Shan before entering the Ruli region in the Yunnan province of China, and continues from there to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province, China.
- Operator: Daewoo International; MOGE, GAIL, KOGAS
- Parent Company: CNPC; MOGE; Daewoo International; KOGAS;Indian Oil; GAIL
- Current capacity: 13 billion cubic meters per year
- Length: 1,566 miles / 2,520 kilometers
- Status: Operating
- Start Year: 2013
Sino-Myanmar pipelines refers to planned oil and natural gas pipelines linking Myanmar's deep-water port of Kyaukphyu (Sittwe) in the Bay of Bengal with Kunming in Yunnan province of China. Talks between China and Myanmar on the feasibility of the project began in 2004.
The plan to build the oil and gas pipelines was approved by China's National Development and Reform Commission in April 2007. In November 2008, China and Myanmar agreed to build a US$1.5 billion oil pipeline and US$1.04 billion natural gas pipeline. In March 2009, China and Myanmar signed an agreement to build a natural gas pipeline, and in June 2009 an agreement to build a crude oil pipeline. The inauguration ceremony marking the start of construction was held on 31 October 2009 on Maday Island.
Social and Environmental Impact
The pipeline traverses Ma-De island in Myanmar. Beginning in 2009, residents of Ma-De had their land seized or purchased by the government, and "Fearful of oppression by the junta, most didn't express objections and accepted whatever compensation they were given." According to a November 2015 report by the National Resource Government Institute: "Many villagers still feel unfairly treated; only lands under cultivation were paid for, while plots used for firewood were regarded as vacant. On Ma-De Island, a total of 114 acres belonging to 30 farmers was reportedly seized without compensation."
In March 2018 in Rakhine state, Myanmar, approximately 600 people marched to demand compensation for land seized to build the Sino-Myanmar Gas Pipeline and the parallel Oil Pipeline. "Because of this gas pipeline, many villagers lost their land, and CNPC and MOGE haven’t taken any responsibility for it,' said protest leader Zaw Win Lay."
Articles and resources
- Sino-Myanmar Oil Pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed March 2018
- Myanmar-China Pipelines, Hydrocarbons Technology, accessed March 2018
- Storey, Ian (2006-04-12). "China's "Malacca Dilemma"". China Brief 6 (8). Jamestown Foundation. Retrieved on 2008-11-21.
- "China, Burma Still Discussing Proposed Pipeline", Downstream Today (2008-03-10). Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
- "Sino-Myanmar Crude Pipeline Memo Signed", Downstream Today (2009-06-19). Retrieved on 2009-07-18.
- "China starts building Burma pipeline", NHST Media Group (2009-11-03). Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
- "China starts building Myanmar pipeline", Xinhua, Downstream Today (2009-11-03). Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
- "Burma Gas Pipeline Complete but Cites China Delays", the irrawaddy (2013-06-12). Retrieved on 2013-06-14.
- "BChina-Myanmar Gas Pipeline: Myanmar Once Again Getting A Bad Bargain In Chinese Investment", international business times (2013-10-22). Retrieved on 2014-05-14.
- Shin, Aung (27 October 2013). "Controversial pipeline now fully operational". Retrieved on 31 October 2013.
- "China-Myanmar joint pipeline starts delivering gas", CCTV.com (2014-06-08). Retrieved on 2014-11-11.
- Myanmar Pipeline Brings Gas to China, Hardship to Villagers, National Resource Government Institute, Nov. 5, 2015
- Hundreds in Myanmar Protest Lack of Payment For Land Confiscated For Pipeline Project Radio Free Asia, Mar. 22, 2018
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