highlights of operations
Chevron’s affiliate in Myanmar, Unocal Myanmar Offshore Co. Ltd. (UMOCL) has worked with partners in Myanmar for more than 25 years to spur economic growth and development.
UMOCL’s ownership interest in Myanmar’s Yadana natural gas project is helping to support energy security in Southeast Asia.
Our social investments in Myanmar focus on supporting community development through improving access to health care, initiating funds for communities to invest in renewable energy, enabling education and training opportunities, strengthening local governance, promoting sustainable livelihoods and supporting biodiversity.
Chevron’s affiliate in Myanmar, Unocal Myanmar Offshore Co. Ltd. (UMOCL), has a 28.3 percent ownership interest in a production sharing contract (PSC) for the production of natural gas from the Yadana, Badamyar and Sein fields, within Blocks M5 and M6, in the Andaman Sea. Total Exploration and Production Myanmar (TEPM), an affiliate of TOTAL S.A., is the operator of the Yadana gas project, which provides critical energy to communities in Myanmar and neighboring Thailand. UMOCL also has a 28.3 percent ownership interest in the gas pipeline company, known as Moattama Gas Transportation Company (MGTC). Other partners in the PSC and pipeline include PTT Exploration and Production PLC (PTTEP) and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).
The majority of natural gas from the Yadana offshore facilities is transported through the MGTC pipeline that goes to the Myanmar-Thailand border for delivery to power plants in the West of Thailand, while the remaining volumes are dedicated to the Myanmar market. The imported gas from Myanmar - of which Yadana is the main supply - accounts for around 15% of Thailand’s gas demand.
in the community
Chevron affiliates (Chevron) have supported the people of Myanmar in developing sustainable solutions for their health, governance and economic vitality for more than two decades.
improving access to health care
Chevron has supported the international Non-Government Organization (NGO) Pact to provide health and economic development programs in the Dry Zone of Myanmar since 2003. These programs have improved the quality of life of 1.36 million people through the establishment of almost 1,500 Village Development Funds that have expanded access to health care, sanitation and electricity, and provided microfinance training for women.
Pact’s health programs and the Sustainable Health Improvement and Empowerment (SHINE) program trained more than 12,400 village-based volunteers, known as change agents, who now serve as health volunteers and village development fund managers. Of these change agents, 9,200 health volunteers were specially trained to detect, refer and treat cases of tuberculosis, malaria and childhood illnesses.
To improve livelihood opportunities, SHINE facilitated a savings-led empowerment program, called WORTH, in which almost 16,500 women met weekly in savings groups. Through WORTH, participants gained access to financing to expand or develop microenterprises and received training about entrepreneurship, loans and savings.Chevron is supporting a three-and-a-half-year program with Jhpiego, an international NGO affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, to support the Ministry of Health and Sports’ efforts to strengthen its health workforce to be able to provide high-quality health services in Rakhine State and Ayeyarwady Region. The first aspect of the program will see the development of two Learning & Performance Improvement Centres (L&PIC) at health facilities in hard-to-reach areas of southern Rakhine to support skills practice by health workers based in those areas; and developing and testing a model for a “mobile L&PIC” (a relocatable L&PIC that will provide on-site skills practice and skills assessment to providers in remote areas). The program provides virtual training and on‐site skills practice and skills assessment to doctors, nurses, midwives and other health staff to strengthen their ability to manage obstetric and newborn health emergencies in different clinical settings. The program also provides infection prevention and control training for COVID-19 to health staff, quarantine center staff and ambulance service providers.
The second aspect of the program supports implementation of quality improvement interventions for infection prevention and control in the surgical, medical, pediatric and orthopedic wards in Sittwe General Hospital. Jhpiego will also scale up support for implementation of the quality improvement approach to Thandwe District Hospital in Rakhine State. The support will adopt the approach used in Sittwe General Hospital and focus on quality improvement for normal labor, infection prevention and obstetric complications. In addition, Jhpiego will support the delivery of continuing medical education on maternal and child health to general practitioners in Rakhine state, and support national level coordination of quality improvement for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. Since the program began, a total of 1700 hours of training have been provided to 178 health staff, and more than 500,000 people have indirectly benefitted through access to improved health care services.
In 2020, Chevron supported a maternal, newborn and early childhood health program with Save the Children in Rakhine state which aimed to improve newborn health status. The program encouraged health seeking behavior of parents for their children (prenatal and postnatal) through better access to health information, support to mother-led groups, and provision of clean delivery kits and newborn kits. The program used a ‘Building Brains’ approach to increase nurturing care and learning opportunities for children aged 0-3. The program also customized training curriculum, videos and aids for use by staff, parents, community volunteers and caregivers, and looked at ways to use technology to develop innovative local solutions for the Rakhine context.
improving access to renewable energy
A key priority for Myanmar is electrifying the country. From 2015-2019 Chevron supported Pact to deliver the Ahlin Yaung program, which built community governance structures, provided loans for solar home systems and promoted entrepreneurship skills to improve access to renewable energy in rural Myanmar. The program helped supply solar-powered lights to more than 12,000 households and connected more than 240,000 people to energy through solar home systems and electrified communal locations. Small business owners reported greater productivity and efficiencies in their operations, while children are enjoying extended hours of education through improved energy access.
Building on the success of Ahlin Yaung, in 2020 Pact launched a new three-year program in the Dry Zone called Yaung Chi (‘radiance’ in the Myanmar language). The Chevron-funded Yaung Chi program will promote women’s entrepreneurship through training, skills development, networking and the establishment of new WORTH women’s savings groups. The program will work with both male and female entrepreneurs to provide financing solutions that will increase access to energy for their productive uses, such as agriculture, small-scale commercial enterprises and home cottage industries. Yaung Chi will also assist rural communities by promoting electrification solutions for health and education facilities.
In 2020, Chevron funded a one-year pilot program with Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Smart Power Myanmar to launch a Mini-Grid Accelerator program to help increase reliable, efficient and sustainable energy in rural Myanmar. The program worked with early-stage mini-grid enterprises building and operating micro- and mini-grids for rural communities throughout Myanmar that do not have access to the national power grid. The enterprises use solar or solar-hybrid generation, including battery storage. The Mini-Grid Accelerator connected the enterprises with experienced Silicon Valley business executives and local mentors to learn about best business practices for running a successful mini-grid enterprise, and to provide opportunities for the next generation of renewable energy leaders in Myanmar.
enabling education opportunities
Chevron, through the American Chamber of Commerce, contributes to a scholarship fund that provides financial support for outstanding university students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since 2014, the fund has granted 35 scholarships to students majoring in a range of subjects, including anthropology, botany, chemistry and public administration.
In 2019, Chevron co-sponsored the Educational Leadership and Classroom Management (ELCM) project, organized by the Taxila Institute of Youth Leadership and Development. The project delivered educational leadership and multicultural classroom management workshops to more than 220 university teaching staff in five remote border states.
Chevron funds a program with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to improve scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems, mangroves, wetlands and forests across Myanmar. The program will help create online tools that communities, governments, researchers and civil society can use to better understand Myanmar’s biodiversity, including spatial planning tools to help manage important natural resources. The WCS team will partner with local university researchers to build capacity for biodiversity management, and work with local communities on conservation projects, natural resource management, education and ecotourism opportunities.
Through the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (MCRB), Chevron has been working with other international companies operating in Myanmar to promote responsible investment and locally support business practices that contribute economically and socially to the development of the country. Chevron provided support and participated in a series of workshops organized by MCRB to promote different aspects of responsible business including business and human rights, diversity and respectful workplaces and governance of corporate philanthropy.
comprehensive socioeconomic program at yadana
Chevron works with TEPM to support health and social programs that have significantly improved the quality of life of communities living along the Yadana Pipeline area for more than 25 years.
Under this program, we provide funding for community development, education and skills development, public health improvement, agriculture and veterinary development, infrastructure, micro-finance, environment conservation and access to renewable energy. The program has served approximately 45,000 people in 33 villages, and provided more than 1.3 million medical consultations.
Chevron also partners with TEPM on a national program that focuses on blindness prevention, road safety and education and skills development. Almost 500,000 people have received cataract surgery since 2001.
When major disasters have struck Myanmar, Chevron has been there to provide relief. In 2008, when Cyclone Nargis affected 2.4 million people, Chevron contributed to the humanitarian efforts of the International Federation of the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration, Mercy Corps, Pact and Save the Children. In 2015, when severe flooding affected more than 1.5 million people in Myanmar, Chevron contributed to the American Red Cross for immediate relief and to Pact for long-term recovery.
In 2020, Chevron supported COVID-19 response activities at health facilities, community fever clinics and quarantine centers. Through our network of local and international NGO partners, we funded the training of health professionals and community volunteers, and donated personal protective equipment, medical equipment, health education materials, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities.
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