Yadana Gas Pipeline 1

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Yadana Gas Pipeline 1 is an operating natural gas pipeline.[1]

Location

The pipeline runs from the Yadana gas field in the Andaman Sea to Daminseik on the coast of Myanmar, and from there to the border with Thailand.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Total S.A.
  • Parent Company: Total S.A. (31.2%); Chevron Corporation (28.3%); PTT Public Company Limited (25.5%); Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (15%)
  • Current Capacity: 5.2 billion cubic meters per year
  • Length: 254 miles / 409 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1998

Background

The Yadana gas field and pipelines are operated by Total S.A., a French energy group, with Chevron Corporation, a United States-based company, as its junior partner along with PTT Public Company Limited, a Thai state-owned oil and gas company, and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), a state-owned enterprise of Myanmar.[2] The operator of the gas field is Total. Total has a working interest of 31.2%, Chevron 28.3%, PTT 25.5%, and MOGE 15%. Construction of the first Yadana Gas Pipeline was completed in 1998 and it cost US$1.2 billion.[3]

Human Rights Abuses

The Yadana project has been subject to much criticism in the international community, and investors have been accused of being complicit in human rights violations in Myanmar.[4] Evidence collected by EarthRights International suggested that villagers were routinely forced to work in various guises. One former soldier from the 273 battalion said: "We were told it was a 30-year project and the country got half, and the foreigners got half of the benefit. We ask the villagers to carry shell ammunition, food and supplies. During the portering the soldiers treat porters not so good. I do not want to mention about these bad things so much since I myself I have done it to these people as well at that time." Troops routinely force civilians to work for them and those who refuse are often beaten, tortured or sometimes killed. Since early 2009 Burmese soldiers have ordered villagers to build a new police camp. "The Yadana project ushered in the Burmese army and the Burmese army continues to provide security for the companies and the project. The Total company has been complicit in abuses," said Matthew Smith of ERI.[5][6]

Unocal Lawsuit

In 2005, U.S.-based Unocal agreed to compensate Burmese villagers over alleged abuses committed during the construction of a gas pipeline. It was accused of allowing Burmese troops guarding the project to rape, murder and enslave villagers.[7]

Environmental Impact

Environmentalists opposed the pipeline in part because of a 6-km section of the route that passes through the rainforest in Kanchanaburi province. In 1998, activists camped out along the route to block construction.[8] Opponents criticized PTT's decision to go ahead with the pipeline after its 1996 environmental impact assessment (EIA) was rejected by the government. Among the EIA's problems were insufficient collection of data, according to opponents, and oversights such as that fact that "it ignored the rare crab and missed more than 40 elephants, claiming there were only five in the forest."[8]

Articles and resources

References

  1. Yadana gas field, Wikipedia, accessed March 2018
  2. "Total says Myanmar operation unaffected by cyclone" (2008-05-06). Retrieved on 2007-12-18. 
  3. Environment News Service. "Unocal Settles Out of Court With Myanmar Villagers". 
  4. EarthRights International. Yadana Natural Gas Pipeline Project. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
  5. The Independent 14 August 2009
  6. Bogumil Terminski (2012), Oil-Induced Displacement and Resettlement. Social Propblem and Human Rights Issue, Working Paper, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
  7. Unocal pays out on Burma 'abuses', BBC News, Mar. 22, 2005
  8. 8.0 8.1 Rumble In The Jungle, Mother Jones, Mar. 10, 1998

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