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The Shwe Gas Project: Possible pipeline routes


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.

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

  1. Under water from Shwe to Yechaungbyin village Sittwe Township; following the Kaladan River valley through Arakan and Chin States; into Mizoram and Tripura States; entering Bangladesh at Brahmanbaria through the Rajshahi border into West Bengal to Kolkata. Approx. 850 km long pipeline at a construction cost approx. US$1 Billion. (a)
  2. Under water from Shwe to Yechaungbyin village Sittwe Township; through Arakan State into the District of southern Bangladesh; entering West Bengal into Kolkata. Construction cost approx. US$1 Billion
  3. Underwater from Shwe to West Bengal into Kolkata. No cost estimate made public, but is considered by corporations as an expensive alternative.
  4. Underwater from Shwe to a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the Arakan coastline, freezing the gas to –161 degrees Celsius and shipping the LNG to West Bengal and Kolkata by LNG tanker. Estimated cost for the LNG terminal US$ 3-5 Billion. (OR) Underwater from Shwe to a terminal at which the gas is filled onto new Volume Optimized Transport (Votrans) technology boats which then regularly would ship the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to West Bengal into Kolkata. The US company EnerSea Transport LLC, is currently cooperating with GAIL to develop the new technology. No cost estimates for this alternative made public. (b)
  5. Under water from Shwe to Yechaungbyin village Sittwe Township; following the Kaladan River valley through Arakan and Chin States; into Mizoram through Assam into West Bengal to Kolkata. Approx. 1200 km long pipeline at a construction cost approx. US$1.3 Billion. (d)
 

In options 1 and 2, current negotiations include yearly transit fees of US$125 Million to the Bangladesh government. Bangladesh, has sought the right to access hydro-electricity from Nepal and Bhutan through Indian territory and a corridor to supply commodities to these countries as well as reserving the right to inject and siphon off gas from the pipeline. (c) It appears likely that Bangladeshi reserves also would be sold through these pipelines.

(a) http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1118175,0000.htm

(b) http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/927681.cms

(c) http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=62679

(d) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4318174.stm


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