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by Michael last modified 2006-11-10 05:22

The Shwe Gas Project: Possible pipeline routes

Pipeline routes India-China

Corporations and governments are commonly very secretive to the public regarding routes for construction and there has as yet been no mentioning of an Environmental and Cultural Impact Assessment along any of these routes.

India Pipeline (red line on map)

The following are options possible routes for the transport of gas from the Shwe wells to Kolkata, India:

Under water from Shwe to Yechaungbyin village in Sittwe Township; following the Kaladan River valley through Arakan and Chin States; through Mizoram, Assam and Bihar into Kolkata in West Bengal. Approx. 1400 km long pipeline at a construction cost approx. US$1.3 Billion.

Although the Indian corporations preferred a 897 km pipeline route from Mizoram cutting straight west through Tripura and Bangladesh into West Bengal, negotiations with the Bangladeshi government failed to materialize. This was also partly due to concerns among the Bangladeshi public that their gas simultaneously would be exported to India, rather than benefiting their own country.

China pipeline (yellow line on map)

No tentative routes for the gas bound for China have been made public. However, it is believed that the project would be a part of the parallel developments on Rambree Island, including the construction of a deep-sea port, road construction and an oil pipeline from the Island to Yunnan Province in China.

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