Human rights groups call on Daewoo Intl. consortium to withdraw from Burma - Daewoo says still at exploration stage, too early to discuss human rights concerns

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11 July 2006

Korean, Indian firms urged to withdraw from Myanmar

Author: Reuters

Myanmar activists urged a Korean-Indian consortium on Wednesday to quit an offshore gas project they fear could lead to human rights abuses and prop up the military junta with billions of dollars in royalties. Shwe Gas Movement...called on the venture led by Daewoo International to stop dealing with the junta until it ends more than 40 years of army diktat in the former Burma...Daewoo operates and owns 60 percent of the gigantic A-1 block while India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp has a 20 percent stake and marketing firm Gas Authority of India Ltd and Korea Gas Corp have 10 percent each...A Daewoo official said the consortium would not withdraw. "Our position is that it's not the right time to discuss a human rights abuse issue because we are still at a stage of exploring the gas field and have yet to begin development," the official said in Seoul. [also refers to Total, Unocal (part of Chevron)]

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1 July 2006

[PDF] full report: "Supply and Command - Natural Gas in Western Burma set to entrench military rule"

Author: Shwe Gas Movement

[Report focuses on Shwe gas project operated by a consortium of: Daewoo International, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India, Gas Authority of India, Korean Gas Corporation. Also refers to international companies "that are or have been operating in the A-1 and A-3 blocks": Serica Energy, China Oilfield Services, Helicopters NZ, Swire Pacific Offshore, Ryder Scott, Frontier Drilling, Snamprogetti [part of ENI], Suz Tractebel, and "Companies involved in the A-2 and A-4 offshore blocks and the onshore blocks M and L": China National Offshore Company (CNOOC), China Huanqiu Contracting and Engineering, Asia World, Golden Aaron, Essar Oil, PetroChina]

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