Opposition grows to Chinese backed refinery in Myanmar

Local opposition to a Chinese-backed giant oil refinery is growing at Dawei, a city with big port plans. A number of groups are protesting the $3bn plans to build Myanmar’s largest oil refinery.

A petition is circulating calling for the new National League for Democracy-led government to reconsider the project – which received approval on the last full day of former president U Thein Sein’s administration.

The 100,000-barrels-per-day project would require the relocation of thousands of local people who have not been consulted on the issue.

China has invested billions in Myanmar, linking pipelines on the Andaman coast in to the Chinese interior.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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