MOGE ap­proaches Roland Berger

The Myanmar Times - - Business - STEVE GIL­MORE s.gil­more@mm­times.com

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.

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