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Residents of Mongkung Township, Shan State are concerned about plans for a coal mine that they fear may pollute the area. Photo:Mong Kung Township/Facebook
Residents of Mongkung Township, Shan State are concerned about plans for a coal mine that they fear may pollute the area. Photo:Mong Kung Township/Facebook

Local people in Mongkung Township in Southern Shan State say a meeting to discuss the plan for a controversial coal mining project has failed to resolve the clash of views.

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Energy gateway for China. Natural gas tanks in Madae Island, Kyaukpyu, Rakhine. Photo: Mizzima
Energy gateway for China. Natural gas tanks in Madae Island, Kyaukpyu, Rakhine. Photo: Mizzima

Crude oil brought by ship from the Middle East will be stored at oil tanks on Madae Island in Kyaukpyu Township prior to sending it to China through the recently constructed pipeline, according to a Rakhine State minister.

Clearing Forest Land for Coal Mining Photo: SHAN
Land being cleared for a coal mining project. Photo: SHAN

A petition letter signed by 11 monks and 229 other local people was sent to the Restoration Council of Shan State or RCSS ethnic armed group on November 12 asking them to help close down all the coal mining projects in Mong Kung Township in central Shan State, according to the Shan Herald Agency for News November 18.

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GE aims to refurbish and improve Myanmar's existing gas turbines to help improve the country's electricity supply. A General Electric gas turbine weighing 392,810kg that can generate enough energy for 400,000 homes per year. Photo: GE/Facebook

General Electric and Myanma Electric Power Enterprise or MEPE have agreed to work together to repower and upgrade existing gas turbines in Myanmar, according to a press release issued by GE on November 13.  

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A report by the Asian Development Bank has predicted the gross domestic product of Myanmar could reach as high as 9.5 percent by 2030, which would see the country’s GDP raised to nearly US$5000 (K487,500) per capita.

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All gas to be realised from the promising M-3 block, also known as the Aung Sinkha gas field will be supply domestic Myanmar usage, an official from the Ministry of Energy on August 10.

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