MOGE approaches Roland Berger
MYANMA Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) is seeking help from consulting firm Roland Berger to help draw up a planned tender for offshore supply bases, an official at the state enterprise said.
U Than Lin, deputy managing director at MOGE, said the enterprise has a draft contract with the global consultancy and is finalising the details. The finished contract will have to be sent to the Attorney General’s Office for approval, he told The Myanmar Times.
Roland Berger was unable to comment by press time.
MOGE has been planning to engage private firms to build and operate offshore supply bases for over a year. The enterprise invited bids from interested companies for a joint venture in the first half of last year, and received 52 expressions of interest (EOI) from local and international firms.
That process then stalled and none of the firms were chosen. U Than Lin said previously that those companies would be contacted during the tender, which is to be issued this year.
MOGE owns the country’s only existing supply base – at Thaketa near Yangon – but this is unsuitable for the expanded drilling campaigns firms like Woodside are preparing to start next year.
Oil and gas firms operating in the country rely mainly on supply bases in Thailand and Singapore. The lack of supply bases makes Myanmar operations less efficient and deprives the country of valuable economic activity.
Myanmar Offshore Supply Base, a subsidiary of Singaporean firm 2 Fish, is pursuing its own application to the Myanmar Investment Commission for a supply base in Mawlamyine.