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Myanmar to Extract Some Gas for Own Use

The Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) is conducting natural gas exploration across the Ayeyarwaddy delta and expects to produce 15 million cubic feet (mcf) of gas per day from this region.

A natural gas reserve with a potential capacity of 3.5mcf per day has been discovered in Ma Ubin township in Ayeyarwaddy region, and six reserves of similar volumes are expected to exist in the area, Dr Soe Aung, executive geologist from MOGE, told Myanmar Business Today.

“Currently, MOGE is unilaterally undertaking this exploration effort. The production will mainly supply state-run factories and power plants. The actual volume of the reserves might even exceed expectations,” he said.

The exploration across the region is based on the study of sedimentary stratigraphy. Similar projects have been previously conducted in Pha Ya Gone area in Kyaik Lat township.

The MOGE has not yet decided whether to invite tenders for this project, Dr Soe Aung said, adding that the delta region is believed to have ample natural gas reserves. However, Myanmar lacks sufficient technology to take advantage of the potential, he said.

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