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Burmese military junta allows further gas exploration

Iftekhar Ahmed
From Narinjara News
Tue 28 Feb 2006
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The Burmese military junta has allowed Malaysia's Petronas Company to drill some test wells to explore natural gas from three additional available blocks off Burma's southern Tanintharyi coast, according to the state-run Myanmar (Burma) Oil and Gas Enterprise.

The company had earlier been involved in gas exploration in block M-15 in the same offshore area. The month-long geophysical site survey in blocks M-16, M-17 and M-18 comprising an area of about 13,000 to 14,000 square-kilometres has begun this week, the sources added.

The junta in recent years has engaged more and more foreign oil companies to explore oil and gas in Burma. For instance, Thailand's PTTEP has covered a number of blocks including M-3, M-4, M-7, M-9 and M-11 under contracts with the junta. Moreover, a consortium comprising South Korea's Daewoo International, South Korea Gas Corporation, the ONGC Videsh Ltd of India and the Gas Authority of India has been engaged in gas exploration in block A-1 off Myanmar's western Arakan coast since 2000.

Another consortium made up of Chinese and Singaporean companies is also engaged in oil and gas exploration in some onshore and offshore areas. In early 2004, natural gas estimated to yield up to 14 trillion cubic feet (396.2 billion cubic-meters) was found in block A-1.

The junta as usual has been planning to sell gas to India or China and negotiations are underway to reach formal agreements. Under the rule of the present junta, the people of Burma have been deprived of the benefit of their natural resources as the junta uses the money to buy arms to control rebels.

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Burmese Military Junta Agrees to Three Additional Offshore Blocks for Gas Exploration

Iftekhar Ahmed
From Narinjara News
2/28/2006
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The Burmese military junta allowed Malaysia's Petronas Company to drill some test wells to explore natural gas from three additional available blocks off Burma's southern Tanintharyi coast, according to the state-run Myanmar (Burma) Oil and Gas Enterprise.The Company had earlier been involved in gas exploration at block M-15 in the same offshore area.The month-long geophysical site survey at blocks M-16, M-17 and M-18 comprising of an area of about 13,000 to 14,000 square-kilometers (sq-km) has begun this week, the sources added. The junta in recent years has engaged more foreign oil companies to explore oil and gas in Burma. For instance,
Thailand's PTTEP has covered a number of blocks including M-3, M-4, M-7, M-9 and M-11 under contracts with the junta. Moreover, a consortium comprising South Korea's Daewoo International, South Korea Gas Corporation, the ONGC Videsh Ltd of India and the Gas Authority of India has been engaged in gas exploration at block A-1 off Myanmar's western Arakan coast since 2000. Another consortium made up of Chinese and Singaporean companies is also engaged in oil and gas exploration in some onshore and offshore areas.In early 2004, natural gas estimated to yield up to 14 trillion cubic feet (396.2 billion cubic-meters) was found at block A-1. The junta as usual has been planning to sell gas to India or China and negotiations are underway to reach formal agreements. Under the rule of the present junta, the people of Burma have been deprived of the benefit of their natural resources as the junta uses the money to buy arms to control rebels

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Oil Well Drilling Started Arakan

From Narinjara News
2/28/2006

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Burmese authorities started officially drilling oil wells in Rambree Township in Arakan State on 11 February 2006. "The Burmese authorities have stated their work of drilling oil wells in our village of Laydaung since February 11," said a villager from Laydaung village in Rambree Township. After drilling after several days, however, the endeavor has been unsuccessful, he said. After drilling the Laydaung oil well, the authorities will drill an oil well at Raynan Daung in the same township. The drilling of the oil well in Rambree Township is under the supervision of an army officer, Lt Col Win Shwe, said a teacher in Laydaung. However, the oil well in Arakan state is a 2006 program of the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise.#

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Burmese military junta to implement new gas pipeline projects

Iftekhar Ahmed
From Narinjara News
Mon 27 Feb 2006
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To ensure distribution of gas throughout the country the Burmese military junta will soon be implementing some new natural gas pipeline projects.

First priority will be given to a 160-kilometer gas pipeline from Nyaungdon to Thabaung in south-western Ayeyawaddy division and a 192-kilometer pipeline from south-eastern Mon State's Myaingkalay to Rangoon.

According to the state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, the other two future pipelines will be a 308-kilometer one from Magway in central Burma to Taungyi in north-eastern Shan State, and a 168-kilometer pipeline from Migyaungye to Pyinmana. Pyinmana is centrally located and is currently being developed as the new capital of Burma.

On the other hand, negotiations are underway on a pipeline project that will allow India to import gas from two offshore fields in Burma's western Rakhine State to India's West Bengal State. The gas will be extracted from a huge natural gas deposit that was found in early 2004 at Block A-1 off the Rakhine coast. This field holds a gas reserve of 4 trillion to 6 trillion cubic feet (TCF), or 113.2 billion to 170 billion cubic meters (BCM). It is estimated that the whole block may yield up to 14 TCF (396.2 BCM) of gas.

At present, Burma has 34 gas pipelines covering a total length of nearly 1,800 kilometres, according to official data. Burma, with 19 onshore oil fields, has a total of 87 TCF, or 2.46 TCM of gas in reserves and 3.2 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil reserves.

Official figures show that in the fiscal year 2004-05, which ended in March, Burma produced 7.48 million barrels of crude oil and 10.69 billion cubic meters of gas. Gas exports during the year went up to 9.5 BCM, earning over 1 billion US dollars.

Meanwhile, the oil and natural gas sector dominated the country's foreign investment with 2.494 billion dollars, 32.69 percent of the total foreign investments.

Thailand's PTTEP and Malaysia's Petronas stood out as the two largest investors in Burma's oil and gas sector. Other investors are from Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Indonesia, India, and South Korea.

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Gas Exploration to Begin Offshore Myanmar Shortly

From Xinhua News Agency
February 27, 2006
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Three more available blocks off Myanmar's southern Tanintharyi coast are under natural gas exploration with test wells being planned for drilling by Petronas, sources with the state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise confirmed Sunday.

A geophysical site survey at blocks M-16, M-17 and M-18, with areas ranging from about 13,000 square-kilometers (sq-km) to 14, 000 sq-km, has begun this week and
the survey will last over a month until late March, the sources said.

Petronas had earlier been involved in gas exploration at block M-15 in the same offshore area.

Recent years have seen foreign oil companies increase engagement in oil and gas exploration in Myanmar. Thailand's PTTEP, for example, has covered a number of blocks including M-3, M-4, M- 7, M-9 and M-11 under contracts.

Besides, a consortium comprising South Korea's Daewoo International, South Korea Gas Corporation, the ONGC Videsh Ltd of India and the Gas Authority of India has also been engaged in gas exploration at block A-1 off Myanmar's western Rakhine coast since 2000. In early 2004, huge natural gas deposit, estimated to yield up to 14 trillion cubic feet (396.2 billion cubic-meters) of gas, was found at the block.

Myanmar is planning to sell gas produced from the area to India or China and negotiations are underway to reach formal agreements.

Another consortium made up of Chinese and Singaporean companies is also engaged in oil and gas exploration in some onshore and offshore areas.

Since Myanmar opened its oil and gas sector to foreign investment in 1988, oil companies from a dozen of countries have stepped in. Outstanding investment in the area include the Yadana gas field project in the gulf of Mottama and the Yetagun off the Tanintharyi coast.

The Yadana involves multi-national companies of PTTEP (Thailand) , TOTAL (France), UNOCAL (United States) and MOGE (Myanmar), while the Yetagun involves PTTEP (Thailand), Petronas (Malaysia), Nippon (Japan) and MOGE (Myanmar).

With three large offshore and 19 onshore oil and gas fields, Myanmar possesses a total of 87 trillion cubic-feet (TCF) or 2.46 trillion cubic-meters (TCM) of gas reserve and 3.2 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil reserve, official statistics said.

The figures show that in the fiscal year of 2004-05 which ended in March, Myanmar produced 7.48 million barrels of crude oil and 10.69 billion cubic meters (BCM) of gas. Gas export during the year went to 9.5 BCM, earning over 1 billion U.S. dollars.

The statistics also indicate that since Myanmar opened to foreign investment in late 1988, such investment in the oil and gas sector had reached 2.61 billion dollars as of the end of 2005, dominating the country's foreign investment sectorally.

Foreign oil companies engaged in the oil and gas sector are mainly from Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand.

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India confirms presidential trip to Burma

Syed Ali Mujtaba
From Mizzima News
Fri 17 Feb 2006
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India has confirmed president APJ Abdul Kalam will visit Burma from March 8 to 10 to enhance bilateral ties and economic cooperation between the countries.

The Indian foreign office said today the trip was organised at the invitation of senior general Than Shwe.

"India enjoys warm and friendly relations with the Union of [Burma]. In recent years, the relationship has grown and diversified considerably. President Kalam's goodwill visit is expected to contribute significantly to the further strengthening of bilateral relations," an official statement said.

"It will, in particular, signal our interest in developing a long-term economic partnership with [Burma] as well as demonstrate our commitment to assist the people of [Burma] through infrastructure projects, scientific and technological support and human resource development."

President Kalam will hold discussions with Than Shwe during his visit and will also address professors and students at Rangoon University and interact with scientists, intellectuals and school children.

He is also expected to visit Bagan and Mandalay.

India has strong economic and diplomatic ties to Burma, particularly within the two countries' energy sectors.

The Indian government has been accused by pro-democracy activists of helping support Burma's military regime through investments in the country.

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Tri-nation gas pipeline project is cause of concern:


From Aizawl
February 12, 2006

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The Shwe Gas pipeline project campaign committee (India) has expressed serious concern about that proposed tri-nation pipeline from Sittwe in Myanmar to Kolkata through Bangladesh, Mizoram and Tripura which might create cross-border problems.
South Korea,s Daewoo International Corporation, signed an exploration contract with Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise for oil and gas exploration in the A-1 offshore block, off the Myanmar's Arakan cost. The area of exploration covers around 3,885 square km.
Daewoo holds 60 per cent share in this project while ONGC 20 per cent, GAIL ten per cent and KOGAS ten per cent.
The 897-km long pipeline would enter India from Parva in South Mizoram and Tripura from Kanhmun.
"The proposed pipeline would cause deforestation in the Dampa Tiger Reserve," North Eastern Student's Organisation Vice-Chairman Lalmuanpuia Punte told UNI.
"It would be a major obstacle in good governance of the two NE states," he said adding in Tripura, the pipeline would separate the tribal belts from the non-tribal belts.
"Why this pipeline would pass through Mizoram and Tripura, when it could directly go to Kolkata via Bangladesh," he questioned.
The Shwe Gas pipeline campaign committee has also organised active campaign against the proposed project.
The committee allegedly said that local people were not informed about this project.
A Myanmarase activist Kim, campaigning against the extraction of natural gas from Sittwe, said "We will request the Centre to shelve the project until democracy is restored in our nation." Environmentalists also voiced their concern about the project, which would cause environment distruction in the region.
"Massive drilling would also cause some ecological imbalances to the soil of the region as well," he added Energy Searcher, an offshore drilling machine, during its routine drilling operations in the Block No A-1 in the Arakan Sea, had struck a large gas deposit on December 26, 2003. Geological experiments had shown A-1 block could hold more than 20 Trillion Cubic, equivalent to 3,500 million barrels of oil.

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China 's CNOOC to Form Pipeline Unit


From ZHEJIANG
Feb. 13, 2006
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China National Offshore Oil Corp. (NYSE: CEO), the nation's largest offshore oil supplier, will set up a joint venture to make pipelines along with a local private company.
The move represents CNOOC Ltd.'s first foray into the petroleum pipeline manufacturing business. It is expected to help meet its rising demand for pipelines following acquisitions of overseas oil and gas assets
The joint venture will have a pipeline output capacity of 300,000 tons a year. CNOOC Base Co., Ltd. under the wing of CNOOC plans to invest CNY 5 billion in the venture. Its partner Jinzhou Petroleum & Gas Pipeline Co. Ltd. (Jinzhou Pipeline), a subsidiary of Zhejiang-based Jinzhou Group, will inject CNY 4.9 billion.
Before the setup of the venture, the Beijing-headquartered oil producer has joined hands with Jinzhou Pipeline in producing pipelines. They have exported 2,500-tonnage pipelines to Myanmar by now.
CNOOC has started operations at a new oil field in Bohai Bay off the coast of northeastern China since last year. The company has a 100% interest in the field and is its sole operator.
The LD 5-2 field is now producing more than 2,200 barrels of crude oil a day from four wells. Its daily capacity is expected to peak about 9,600 barrels when all the 22 wells are put into operation.
The company is developing LD 5-2 alongside the existing LD10-1 and LD 4-2 fields, which are all lying in Liaodong Bay.
It has discovered them independently and will start pumping oil from them within three years, disclosed Liu Jian, a CNOOC executive.
China Oilfield Services Ltd. (SEHK: 02883), the drilling services unit of CNOOC, announced last November that it secured two drilling contracts in Myanmar and Australia for a total of USD 46 million.
The Myanmar deal will prove to be a further step in China's strategy to set up a new imported oil transport route via Myanmar from the northern bank of the Indian Ocean to Southwestern China. Currently, about four fifths of the nation's oil import has been transported via the Malacca Strait.
China Oilfield has signed a USD 6 million contract with South Korea's Daewoo International Corp. to supply drilling services offshore Myanmar for 60 days. But it declined to give any details where the operations will take place.
The drilling services company said it entered into a USD 40 million service contract with Australia's Woodside Energy Ltd., the wholly-owned unit of Woodside Petroleum Ltd., to provide vessels for drilling offshore Australia.
The one-year contract will be executed this April and may be extended for a further year subject to mutual agreement, according to the Chinese company's statement.
China Oilfield has been expanding its operations overseas.
It is expected to generate 30% of its total revenue outside China by 2012 from 6% at the end of 2004, its chief executive Yuan Guangyu said in April.
But CNOOC lost in the battle for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies in Australia last November following the announcement of a long-term contract between Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX) and Japan's major gas distributor Tokyo Gas.
A collapse of the talks would raise concerns over CNOOC's strategy in the gas market only months after its defeat in a bidding battle against Chevron for taking over Unocal Corp' a California-based oil group.

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India may look beyond just gas purchase from Myanmar

ANUPAMA AIRY
From NEW DELHI
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
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Taking a cue from China, New Delhi may soon look beyond just purchasing gas from its neighbour Myanmar. Co-operation with Myanmar in the construction of hydroelectric power projects may soon be explored, said a senior official in the PMO. The World Bank estimates potential generating capacity in Myanmar to be more than one lakh mega watt and both China and Thailand are entering into timely agreements with Myanmar for establishing strategic ties.
According to a secret note of the Cabinet secretariat, "Myanmar's neighbours especially China, India and Thailand need to evolve a joint strategy towards Myanmar for co-operation in the fields of trade, commerce and investment. Thailand has recently (in Dec 2005) signed an MoU with Myanmar for joint investment in five dams to produce 10,000 mw electricity along the Thanlwin river, which flows along the Thai-Myanmar border.
"China's interest in energy resources of Myanmar has dominated other considerations in its policy towards the country. This is reflected in its increasing participation in Myanmar through production sharing contracts for exploring oil and gas, purchase of gas and intensive participation in hydropower projects," says the note.
As per the note, China has expressed its eagerness to participate in the ongoing construction of the 3500 mega watt Tasang hydro power project on Thanlwin river in the Shan state of Myanmar as a partner, provided a trilateral power sharing agreement is signed between the three countries.

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INDIAN VISION
. China, India and Thailand need to evolve a joint strategy towards Myanmar for co-operation in trade, commerce and investment
. New Delhi should, like China, initiate strategic dialogues with Myanmar for its energy interest
CHINESE ACTION
. Its interest in energy resources is reflected in its increasing participation in Myanmar through production sharing contracts for exploring oil and gas, purchase of gas and Participation in hydropower projects
The installed capacity of this project is three times Myanmar's current electricity consumption level. The power generated from this project would be exported to Thailand through high voltage (HVDC) transmission lines' as per the agreement between Myanmar and Thailand. "China wants to join the project by providing the required financial assistance. India should also look for similar opportunities,"officials said.
As per the note, China has also shown interest in setting up several other hydropower projects along the Thanlwin river in Myanmar with Thai co-operation. Stressing the fact that India too must initiate strategic dialogue with Myanmar, the note says, "China has nearly completed "Three Gorges Dam' along the Yangtze river and the same equipment can be used in construction of other damns giving cost benefit to the participants."

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Gail appoints Technical Consultant for Myanmar

From Mumbai
08 Feb 2006
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Gail India Ltd has commissioned a Belgium-based company as technical consultant to carry out study for preparing a detailed feasibility report (DFR), environment management plan (EMP) and rapid risk analysis (RRA) for Myanmar-India gas pipeline project via North Eastern states.
Suz Tractebel, based in Brussels, is a renowned international consultant and has carried out various pre-feasibility and feasibility studies on transnational pipelines for oil and natural gas, said a Gail release.
The technical consultant will submit the DFR within three months.
The proposed pipeline will be routed through the states of Mizoram, Assam, West Bengal and Bihar. The pipeline has the provision to transport gas from developing gas fields in Tripura and Assam.
The Myanmar gas will be injected at Gaya in a proposed Jagdishpur- Haldia pipeline.
The basic contents of feasibility study are route selection, design parameters, systems reliability, redundancy, safety, security, hydraulics, sizing, cost estimation, sensivity analysis, risk analysis and mitigation measures, project construction schedule and project implementation strategy, the release added.
Companies that had participated in the bidding process besides Tractebel, were Dorsch Consultant of Germany, E P Consultant of UK, ILF Consulting Engineers Ltd of UK and CBN, John Brown of UK.

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Anti-Gas pipeline campaign voices concern

From Khonumthung News
11 February, 2006
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The threat arising from the proposed tri nations Gas Pipeline Project was discussed at length by the Conveners of the Anti Gas Pipeline Campaign in Mizoram (AGPCM) at a Press conference on February 9 at the Aizawl Press Club, Mizoram, India.
The nine conveners of the AGPCM told the press that the Tri-Nation Shwe Gas Pipeline Project of India, Burma and Bangladesh which is supposed to pass through Mizoram, poses a grave threat to the environment, culture and economy of the people of the state. The pipeline will affect 400 square kilometers and bring in its wake massive deforestation in the state while the governments and companies will enjoy the revenue earnings involved in the project.
The members of the committee are not sure about future strategies to block the initiation of the Shwe Gas Pipeline Project. A member told Khonumthung, "We have to conduct more meetings, closely observe government activities and plan our strategy."
In a Press statement, the AGPCM said that the Shwe Gas Pipeline will run through 400 kilometers and a stretch of 5 kilometers on its side will be reserved and fenced off for security. Mizoram will lose its authority and it will serve as a 'wall of division'.
The statement further stated that the government of India is under obligation to produce the Environment Impact Assessment and obtain a No Objection Certificate from the people of the areas to be affected. Meanwhile, the Constitution of India incorporates in part IV, article 46 that the "the state shall promote with special care the education and economic interests of the weaker section of the people and in particular the Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Scheduled Caste (SC) and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitation."
"We admire and respect the activists fighting for democracy, sacrificing their lives and struggling against the despotic military junta in Burma. However, the move of the government of India, the largest democracy in the world, is ill timed as it favours the empowerment of the military junta. Freedom is much more favourable then wealth," said the AGPCM's statement in support of the democratic movement in Burma.
South Korea's Daewoo International Cooperation (DIC) and the Burmese junta signed an exploration contract for the right to carry out oil and gas exploration in Arakan coast in August 2000. A large gas deposit was discovered and confirmed later in December 2003.
DIC holds 60% stake, the Oil and Natural Gas Cooperation (ONGC) 20%, the Gas Authority India Limited (GAIL) 10% and KOGAS of South Korea 10% of the Shwe Gas Project respectively.

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Study and Drilling Tests on Arakan Gas Resource will end

From Narinjara News
February 10,2006
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The study and drilling tests being done on gas resources in Arakan State will be completed in May 2006, and it will be carried out to the completion date by the Burma Energy Ministry and Daewoo Corporation said a report of Inside Weekly Journal. According to a report of the Burmese Energy Ministry, the drilling test conducted by Galaxy Driller on the Shwe Nila well at A-1 Block on the Arakan coast was finished in December 2005. In A-3 Block, the drilling test on the Mra well was finished in January 2006. Furthermore, the authority is continually test drilling on at least five gas wells and if gas reserves are discovered from two out five of the wells, they will carry out a measure of 3D Seismic in February 2006. After completion of these activities, they will end the study and drilling tests in the Arakan gas fields in May 2006, said the report. According to the report, in A-3 Block they discovered 300 trillion cubic feet of gas and in the A-1 Block they discovered 93 meters density of gas during the study and drilling tests there. Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise under Myanmar Energy Ministry and Daewoo have started their study and drilling tests in the Shwe Gas fields off the Arakan coast in November 2005.

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Indian President urged to cancel Myanmar visit

From New Delhi
February 7, 2006
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Experts attending a seminar on Myanmar on Tuesday called upon Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam to postpone his proposed visit to the neighbouring country until the ruling junta there released pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The visit, the first by an Indian President, will "tend to legitimise military rule" and weaken international efforts for restoration of democracy and human rights in Myanmar, Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) Director Suhas Chakma said.
The visit will take place at a time when Yangon is under increasing international pressure to allow "full and unrestricted access" to the United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy on Myanmar to facilitate national reconciliation and monitor human rights situations, he added.
The seminar, organised by ACHR and Mizzima News (run by Burmese people in exile), was attended by parliamentarians Abani Roy, Sharad Joshi and Nirmala Deshpande, JD(U) leader Shambhu Srivastava and All India Forward Bloc Secretary G Devarajan.
It was pointed out that the President's visit could not come at a "more inopportune" "moment as the UN Security Council had urged China to prevail upon the junta after the UN Special Envoy Razali Ismail resigned because of denial of permission to visit Myanmar in the last three years.
The seminar rejected the "seven-point road map" to democracy announced by the State Peace and Development Council as an attempt to block the UN from playing an effective role as facilitator for restoration of democracy and national reconciliation in Myanmar.
President Kalam had told reporters in Singapore last week that he will visit Myanmar in the second week of March.
The visit, as part of the government's "Look East" policy, comes three years after Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's visit to Mynamar in 2003. Earlier, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had visited Yangon in 1987.
A declaration, adopted at the end of the two-day seminar on "India's role for National Reconciliation in Burma", expressed "deep concern" over increasing cooperation between the Government of India and the SPDC while "systematic violations of human rights" continued in the neighbouring country.

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New group to oppose Shwe gas line in Mizoram

Nem Davies
From Mizzima News
Thu 09 Feb 2006
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Environmentalists, students and politicians from India's Mizoram state have joined hands and formed the 'Shwe Gas Movement' to oppose the construction of a gas pipeline from Burma to India through Mizoram.

Lallian Chhunga, the general secretary of the group, told Mizzima they wanted to urge India to stop constructing the pipeline because it could have negative effects on the environment and lives of people living close by.

"There is no denying the fact that we would not be benefited by the presence of a large gas pipe line in our state," Chhunga said.

"It would be a shame for all of us [Indians] to have bought natural gas from a military government, who in turn would use its profits to strengthen its exploitative regime in the country," he said.

India has proposed the construction of a US $1 billion 290-kilometere pipeline to carry gas from Burma’s A1 offshore block.

"The first initiative would be to find out how far the government of India has gone regarding the project," said Chhunga.

The Shwe Gas Movement in Mizoram said they planned to hold a press conference on the pipeline today in an attempt to increase awareness of the possible impacts of the project.

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Shwe pipeline to effect Mizoram

Nem Davies,
From Mizzima News
Thu 09 Feb 2006
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More than 15 villages in three districts of India's Mizoram State would be destroyed to make way for the Shwe gas pipeline from Burma, experts said.

Kim, the New Delhi-based Shwe Gas Campaign coordinator told Mizzima, "Villages in Chakma district, Lai district and Mamit district will be wrecked along the gas pipeline project areas in Mizoram."

He said people in Mizoram did not want the pipeline to go through the state as it would harm the region's environment and help further military rule in Burma.

India has signed a memorandum of understanding with Burma for the import of gas from the offshore Shwe field in Arakan State

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Tripura wants Myanmar gas via Mizoram

Udit Prasanna Mukherji
From Kolkata
February 10, 2006
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Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar has mooted an alternative proposal to bring gas from Myanmar fields to India without touching Bangladesh.
Bangladesh was yet to give permission to India to build the gas pipeline through its territory.
He suggested that the gas pipeline could enter India in Mizoram and then could be brought to Tripura.
"The gas could be used for power projects in the region as well as for petrochemicals. Once the power grid is there then the surplus power could be transmitted to other parts of the country. I have informally conveyed this to the central government," he said.
The director (marketing) of Gail India, U D Choubey, who was in Kolkata on Wednesday, said Gail was looking at three options to bring gas from Myanmar. These were onshore pipeline through north-east and Bangladesh, offshore pipeline through Bangladesh or bringing gas as CNG in tankers through la,d routes via the North-east.
Sarkar pointed out that if Bangladesh continued with its hard stand of not allowing India to bring Myanmar gas through the country, then the Mizoram-Tripura route could be used.
"We can avoid Bangladesh by doing so. Now Gail has appointed a consultant I feel they will look into this," he said.
Choubey indicated that Gail and ONGC would continue efforts to get Bangladesh to agree to a pipeline through its territory.
"Let us see what we can do," he said.
The Gail-ONGC combine had a 30 per cent stake in A1 gas block in Myanmar.
It had a capacity of 3-4 million cubic metre per day.

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