MOGE starts new gas pipelines to boost Yangon supply

Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) has started building a 56-kilometre (35-mile) natural gas pipeline in Yangon to feed more gas to the city’s power plants and gas-fired factories, said officials.

The Ywarma-Hlawga-Thaketa natural gas transmission pipeline will pass through the seven townships of Insein, Shwepyitha, Mingalardon, Hlegu, East Dagon, South Dagon and Dagon Seikkan. Construction of the pipeline began in November and work is scheduled to be finished by the end of March.

“We want the public to know more about the new pipeline projects that we are implementing,” said U Wai Oo, a MOGE director, during a press conference at MOGE’s office in Yangon on December 2.

“We want to minimise the problems that people face during construction but there will be some ill effects, no matter how careful we are.”

The pipeline will start at Ywarma station, where natural gas piped from offshore gas projects is stored, and the pipeline will end at Thaketa, near the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. It will cross roads 32 times and railway lines at least three times.

“This 30-inch gas pipeline is the largest one implemented by MOGE. We only have experience building pipelines that measure 24 inches in diameter,” said U Wai Oo.

MOGE will also build a 32km pipeline linking Myochaung to Shwepyitha, which will sit alongside the existing Aphyauk-Shwepyitha pipeline.

A third pipeline project set for completion in this financial year, ending March 31, is the replacement of a gas transmission pipeline to CNG stations in Yangon. A total of 35km of pipeline is set to be replaced.

U Tun Thwe, MOGE general manager, said work on all three projects started in November.

“We are using PE-coated pipes that offer better protection against rust. The pipes are guaranteed for at least 15 years,” he said.

The Chinese-made piping will be installed 3 feet (91.4 centimetres) underground in all projects to reduce the risk of accidental breaks, he added. Smart Technical Services, Native Power Technology and KST Construction – all Myanmar companies – were awarded the contracts to build or repair the pipelines.

The three projects will cost K3 billion (about US$3 million) in total to build, with a further $20 million paid to buy the piping from China. A further $1.5 million will be paid as an installation fee.

Currently Yangon Region receives 165 million cubic feet a day (mmcfd) of natural gas from the Yadana offshore project and 92mmcfd from the Zawtika project. Onshore supplies amount to about 20mmcfd, which is then pumped to CNG stations in Yangon and then into passenger vehicles, trucks and buses.


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