Project Timeline


August 2000
Daewoo International Corporation signs a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise
(MOGE) to begin exploration of gas reserves in the A-1 block off the Arakan coast

December 2003
Gas reserves found in the Shwe gas wells of the A-1 Block

February 2004
Daewoon International signs a PSC with the regime for exploring rights in the A-3 block

October 2004
A consortium of two Chinese and one Singaporean company signs a PSC with MOGE for gas and oil exploration
rights in the onshore Block M (7,760 sq-km) in Kyauk-Phru Township, Arakan State

December 2004
The same consortium buys exploration rights for the A-4 block off the Arakan coast

May 2005
Essar Oil of India signs 1-% and 20% stakes in Daewoo’s PSC in the A-3 block.

January 2006
Burma’s Ministry of Energy signs a Memorandum of Understanding with PetroChina for the sale of 6.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) over 30 years

March 2006
Gas reserves found in the A-3 block

July 2007
PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) Public Co Ltd of Thailand finds commercial gas deposit at one more test well at Block M-9

August 2007
100% to 500% price hikes in gasoline and other fuels

September 2007
ONGC Videsh signed a deal with Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise to explore for gas in three more offshore blocks

December 2007
China wins the rights to purchase natural gas from the coveted Shwe gas fields in Burma’s Bay of Bengal

November 2008
SGM and EarthRights International file an OECD compliant against Daewoo and KOGAS for their violation of six of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

December 2008
China National United Oil Corporation (CNUOC), Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, and a consortium led by the Daewoo International Group Corporation sign export gas sales and purchase agreement

June 2009
CNPC signs an MOU with the military junta for the right to construct the Myanmar-China Oil Pipeline and related infrastructure.

November 2009
Construction begins on the offshore oil facilities, deepsea port, and the dual pipelines. Early reports reveal land confiscation and forced relocation in the project areas.

December 2010
Chinese government provides Burma’s government with more than $2 billion in loans to cover the Burma’s investment commitments for the pipeline construction.

May 2011
Burma and China sign nine agreements, including a cooperation framework agreement for a 540 million euro line of credit from China Development Bank to Myanmar’s Ministry of Taxation and Finance

June 2011
Construction begins for Shwe Gas Pipelines

December 2011
Norway’s Ministry of Finance, against it’s Council of Ethics’ recommendation, decides to maintain investments in PetroChina (CNPC subsidiary and Shwe Gas consortium company)

Government authorities in Shan state have begun a compensation scheme for locals forced off their land to make way for Shwe Gas Project

March 2013
Expected completion of natural gas and oil pipelines to China.

2013-2043
Expected period of gas extraction from the Shwe gas fields (A-1 & A-3)