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Shwe Gas Movement Report - September 2011

On 5 September Shwe Gas Movement, a Burmese community-based human rights NGO, issued the report: "Sold Out: Launch of China pipeline project unleashes abuse across Burma".  The report alleges human rights abuses taking place in the construction of the Shwe gas pipeline, including displacement, forced labour, discrimination, sexual violence and other forms of violence, and killings. The report also states that the pipeline is fueling conflict and will drain Burma of the natural gas resources it needs to develop.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies named in the report to respond to the allegations.  See below for the company responses.

After reviewing the company responses, on 22 Nov Shwe Gas Movement sent a rejoinder [PDF] to the Resource Centre.  We then invited the companies to respond to the rejoinder.

Company responses to Shwe Gas Movement's rejoinder  (as of 14 Dec 2011)

Daewoo International responded with the following statement, "Daewoo's comprehensive report  will be published in early December.Hopefully, the report will help your understanding of our project."

 - NEW - [PDF] "A Comprehensive Report to better understand the Shwe Project", Daewoo International, Dec 2011

CITIC Group said it had no further comment

Hyundai Heavy Industries and Petroleum Services Consultancy did not have a response this week; both companies said they may have a response next week. We are still in communication with managers at Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). We will indicate in the next Update whether we receive responses from these three firms.

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL),  Hydro China, KOGAS, and Myanmar Golden Crown did not respond.

Company responses to the "Sold Out" report  (26 Oct 2011)

CNPC - Has not yet responded.  If we receive a response we will post it here and feature it in the next Weekly Update

Citic Group -  response

Daewoo - response

GAIL - Has not yet responded.  If we receive a response we will post it here and feature it in the next Weekly Update

Golden Crown - Has not yet responded.  If we receive a response we will post it here and feature it in the next Weekly Update

Hydro-China - Did not respond 

Hyundai Heavy Industries-  response

KOGAS - response

Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) -  Has not yet responded.  If we receive a response we will post it here and feature it in the next Weekly Update

ONGC Videsh - Has not yet responded.  If we receive a response we will post it here and feature it in the next Weekly Update

Petroleum Services Consultancy - Has not yet responded.  If we receive a response we will post it here and feature it in the next Weekly Update

Pyidawsi -  Contact information for this company is not publicly available

Thandar Nga Ghar - Contact information for this company is not publicly available

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) - Did  not respond

CITIC Group - Response [DOC]

Daewoo International [part of Posco] - In response to a March 2011 EarthRights report about the Shwe pipeline, Daewoo indicated that it was preparing a comprehensive report.  In response to the Shwe Gas Movement report, a Daewoo representative sent the following message to the Resource Centre:  "The comprehensive report  is currently in preperation. We will do our best to provide you the report within the earliest possible time. Thank you for your patience and understanding."

Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) - Did not respond.

Hydro China - Did not respond 

Hyundai Heavy Industries - Response [DOC]

Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) - Response [DOC]

Myanmar Golden Crown - Did not respond

Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) - Did not respond

ONGC Videsh - Did not respond.

Petroleum Services Consultancy - Did not respond

Pyidawsi - Contact information for this company is not publicly available.

Thandar Nga Ghar - Contact information for this company is not publicly available.

Media coverage of the "Sold Out" report:

"NGO urges halt to Shwe natural gas project", Zwe Khant, Mizzima, 10 Oct 2011 

Company Responses

China International Trust and Investment (CITIC) View Response
China International Trust and Investment (CITIC)

No Response

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)

No Response

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)

No Response

Daewoo International (part of Posco) View Response
GAIL (Gas Authority of India Ltd.)

No Response

GAIL (Gas Authority of India Ltd.)

No Response

HydroChina

No Response

HydroChina

No Response

Hyundai Heavy Industries View Response
Hyundai Heavy Industries

No Response

KOGAS (Korea Gas Corporation) View Response
KOGAS (Korea Gas Corporation)

No Response

Myanmar Golden Crown

No Response

Myanmar Golden Crown

No Response

Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE)

No Response

Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE)

No Response

ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation)

No Response

ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation)

No Response

Petroleum Services Consultancy

No Response

Petroleum Services Consultancy

No Response

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