တုိင္းရင္းသားအသံ တရားမွ်တမွဳအတြက္တုိက္ပြဲဝင္အသံမ်ား

တုိင္းရင္းသားအသံ
ရသမွ်ယူတတ္တဲ့ ဖားသည္မ ႏုိင္ငံႏွင့္ရွိသမွ်ျဖဳန္းတတ္တဲ့သူေတာင္းစားမ်ဳိးေခါင္းေဆာင္

ထုိင္းႏုိင္ငံအေနနဲ.ရတနာႏွင့္ေရတံခြန္ဓါတ္ေငြ.ေတြကုိ ျပည္တြင္းအသုံးျပဳရန္အေၾကာင္းျပခ်က္ျဖင့္ ဝယ္ေနတာ ၁၉၉၀ ခုႏွစ္တုန္းကပါ၊ ေနာက္ အခါလည္း ဟတ္ၾကီးေရကာတာကေနေရအားလွ်ပ္စစ္ေတြကုိလည္းထပ္ဝယ္မယ္လုိ. စီစဥ္ေနသတဲ့၊သေဘာကေတာ၊ရွင္းေနတယ္၊ ဖားသည္မအက်င့္က ကုိယ္ေရာင္စားျပီးေဖာက္သည္ကေနရသမွ်ေတြကုိယူတတ္ျပီးေတာ့ ဗမာသူေတာင္းစားမ်ဳိးေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြက အရွက္မရွိ ေတာင္းစားျပီးေတာ့ ရွိသမွ်ေတြကုိ တစ္ရက္စားသူေဌးလုပ္တတ္သည္ကုိ အားလုံးအသိပင္ျဖစ္သည္၊

ဖားသည္မႏွင့္သူေတာင္းစားေပါင္းတည့္ၾကတာကုိဘာမွအ့ံၾသစရာမရွိေပမဲ့ သူမ်ားနယ္ေျမအေပၚမွာ အေရာင္အဝယ္ေဖာက္ကားျပီးအရွက္မရွိလုပ္ေနကုိေတာ့ လက္ခံႏုိင္စရာမရွိပါ၊

More reliance on Burma

* Published: 30/07/2010 at 12:00 AM
* Newspaper section: Business

Thailand expects to buy more gas and electricity from Burma in order to secure supplies as domestic resources become depleted, says Energy Minister Wannarat Channukul.

Thailand has been buying gas from Burma since the late 1990s. The Yadana and Yetagun offshore gas fields have an output of 400 and 565 million cubic feet per day (mmscfd) respectively.

In three years Thailand will begin receiving supplies from the new Sawtika Block or M9. PTT Plc, Thailand’s sole natural gas seller, will sign a natural gas purchase contract today with Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) in Burma’s capital city Naypyidaw.

Under the contract, Thailand will receive gas from M9 at a rate of 240 mmscfd, equal to 2.4 billion litres of oil per day, by the end of 2013. Gas from M9 will mainly be used by the transport sector.

The PTT subsidiary PTT Exploration and Production Plc, the production operator of M9, hopes to gain exploration and production rights for Burma’s other new petroleum blocks such as M3, M4, M7 and M11.

Mr Wannarat said that if the two countries could agree on a plan, Burmese natural gas would serve demand in Thailand over the next 10 years as petroleum resources in the Gulf of Thailand gradually dwindle. Domestic reserves will last only another 23 years, he estimated.

Pornchai Rujiprapha, the permanent secretary of the Energy Ministry, said Thailand also hoped to buy more hydroelectric power from Burma’s Salween River. There is potential to build two hydropower plants on the river: the 1,200-megawatt Hat Gyi Dam and the 7,000-MW Tasang Dam.

In 2006, Sinohydro signed a memorandum of understanding with Burma for the US$1-billion Hat Gyi dam located along the Thai-Burma border. Negotiations over the shareholding structure of the project’s developer are expected to conclude in May next year.

Permsak Shevawattananon, PTT’s senior executive vice-president for natural gas business, said PTT had to seek more gas reserves due to a projected rise in Thai demand to 4,821 mmscfd in 2014 and 5,542 mmscfd in 2020 from 3,900 at present.

“Demand for gas is rising not only in power and industrial sectors but also in transport so we need to find more resources overseas,” said Mr Permsak.

In the future if nuclear- and coal-fired power plants cannot start construction due to community fears over environmental issues, then even more reserves would be needed, he added.

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