Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kyaukpru Seaport Renovated for Chinese Ships


Kyaukpru : Arakan State's Kyaukpru Seaport, particularly Jetty No. 1, is being renovated by the junta authority in order to accommodate Chinese cargo ships using the port to transport Chinese goods and materials for the gas pipeline, said one engineer.
"The renovation of the jetty started this month and the jetty's length will be extended to 600 feet. The previous jetty was unable to harbor foreign ships. The renovation is intended to allow Chinese ships to harbor to it unfettered," he said.

Kyaukpru, located on Rambree Island in Arakan State, has become a key location on the Arakan Coast for dispatching gas and oil to China via pipelines.

The Chinese oil company Chinese National Petroleum Corporation, or CNPC, has been constructing a pipeline in the area since September 2009.

The pipeline is planned to extend from Madeira Island in Kyaukpru and run through Arakan State, Magway Division, Mandalay Division, and Shan State, and will enter China at Ruili in Yunnan Province.

"The Chinese company has now started the gas pipeline construction in our area and many cargo ships come to Kyaukpru to transport goods related to the pipelines. So the jetty is in need of modernization to harbor the cargo ships," the engineer added.

China will transport gas from Arakan State as well as oil from Africa and the Middle East through the pipelines using the Kyaukpru Harbor.

The pipeline will allow China to shorten the time for oil delivery from the Middle East by cutting out the need for oil tankers to travel through the Malacca Straits.

China is Burma's fourth-largest foreign investor, with a total investment of 1.3 billion dollars. Bilateral trade between the two neighbors reached 2.6 billion dollars in 2008.

Ref: Narinjara


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