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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 

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14 December 2011

Response by Daewoo International (part of Posco): Shwe Gas Movement rejoinder to companies regarding report claiming displacement, forced labour, violence, deaths in construction of gas pipeline.

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Article
14 December 2011

Shwe Gas Movement report: "Sold Out: Launch of China pipeline project unleashes abuse across Burma" - includes company responses, Shwe Gas Movement's rejoinder

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 5 September Shwe Gas Movement...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, violence and deaths. 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 to respond...Hydro China did not respond. CNPC, GAIL, Myanmar Golden Crown, MOGE, ONGC Videsh, Petroleum Services Consultancy did not respond. Citic Group, Daewoo International, Hyundai Heavy Industries, KOGAS [part of POSCO] all responded. Contact information for Pyidawsi and Thandar Nga Ghar is not publicly available. Shwe Gas Movement issued a rejoinder available here. Daewoo 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"...Daewoo's "comprehensive report" added Dec 2011...

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Article
1 December 2011

[PDF] A Comprehensive Report to better understand the Shwe Project [Burma]

Author: Daewoo International [part of Posco]

Since we began operations in Myanmar in the 1980s, Daewoo has been committed to abiding by...global standards and we are determined to grow together with local and international communities respecting international standards in all our operations...The policies that we put into action ensured that the development of this international project met all the technical, social and environmental challenges that we were up against and as a result the project was carefully and flawlessly implemented. Nevertheless...some ...allegations have arisen...The purpose of this report is to provide full transparency...[to] allay the fears of those that have not had access to all the facts...To mitigate any adverse impact of the Shwe Project and to maximize any positive socio-economic impact, the Shwe Consortium developed, implemented and strictly monitors a human rights policy for all employees and contractors that work directly or indirectly in the Shwe Project...

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Company non-response
26 October 2011

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) did not respond to: Shwe Gas Movement report claims displacement, forced labour, violence, deaths in the construction of the gas pipeline.

Company non-response
26 October 2011

GAIL (Gas Authority of India Ltd.) did not respond to: Shwe Gas Movement report claims displacement, forced labour, violence, deaths in the construction of the gas pipeline.

Company non-response
26 October 2011

HydroChina did not respond to: Shwe Gas Movement report claims displacement, forced labour, violence, deaths in the construction of the gas pipeline.

Company non-response
26 October 2011

Myanmar Golden Crown did not respond to: Shwe Gas Movement report claims displacement, forced labour, violence, deaths in the construction of the gas pipeline. Click here

Company non-response
26 October 2011

Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE) did not respond to: Shwe Gas Movement report claims displacement, forced labour, violence, deaths in the construction of the gas pipeline. Click here

Company non-response
26 October 2011

ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation) did not respond to: Shwe Gas Movement report claims displacement, forced labour, violence, deaths in the construction of the gas pipeline.

Company non-response
26 October 2011

Petroleum Services Consultancy did not respond to: Shwe Gas Movement report claims displacement, forced labour, violence, deaths in the construction of the gas pipeline.