Farmers along Shwe pipeline

Billions in Arakan shore

The military junta discovered in 2004 enormous reserves of gas near the West coast of the country, in the Rakhine State.

Years of negotiations have enabled CNPC (Chinese National Petroleum Company), a major State company, to obtain the deal.

Their partner in Burma is Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), one of the most important military owned Burmese economic consortium.

China first find here a much need and cheap hydrocarbon resource, when the Burmese army ensures an income of more than one billion per year, for thirty years.

A successful strategic goal!

The goal is to allow China to open a new road for its energy supply, a secure route, which avoids the dangerous Strait of Malacca in Malaysia, where passed so far nearly 80% of Chinese oil supplies.

Following the same route, a pipeline is built in addition to the pipeline. Both start from Arakan Islands. On the island of Kyauk Pyu, infrastructure accommodate gas from the seabed. On Mayday, a deep water port allows the stowage of the tankers of oil from Africa and the Middle East.

Construction site of oil storage facilities on the island of Mayday, Arakan state

Construction site of oil storage facilities on the island of Mayday, Arakan state

Never mind for collateral damage!

Pipelines cross the country from West to East, passing through the Irrawaddy Central plain, then the plateaus and mountains of the Shan State, to arrive in the remote Chinese province of Yunnan.

Even before the start of the construction, human rights violations multiplied around the road to these pipelines, when many army battalions settled there.

An activist of Earth Right International, a burmese economist and farmers are talking about the consequences of the construction bring to the local population.

Parc de stockage des pipelines pendant sa construction.

Pipeline Tank Farm during its construction in the town of Pyi Oo Lwin.