The Shwe Gas Project involves the exploitation of underwater natural gas deposits off the coast of western Burma’s Arakan State and dual oil and gas pipelines running through Arakan State, Shan State, and Central Burma. In cooperation with Burma’s military junta, a consortium of Indian and Korean corporations are currently exploring gas fields off the coast of Arakan State in Western Burma. Discovered in December 2003, these fields–labeled A-1, or “Shwe” (the Burmese word for gold)–are expected to hold one of the largest gas yields in Southeast Asia. These Shwe fields are destined to become the Burmese military government’s largest single source of foreign income.
Shwe Gas Movement is raising awareness about the social, economic and environmental impacts of the Shwe Gas Project in and outside of the country through first hand research and community organization.