highlights of operations
For more than 25 years, Chevron subsidiary Unocal Myanmar Offshore Co. Ltd. has worked with partners in Myanmar to spur economic growth and development.
Chevron’s nonoperated investment 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, strengthening local governance, promoting sustainable livelihoods and enabling education and training opportunities.
In Myanmar, Chevron does business through our subsidiary Unocal Myanmar Offshore Co. Ltd. Chevron has a 28.3 percent nonoperated working 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. Yadana is a key component of Myanmar’s energy security. Net daily natural gas production during 2019 averaged 93 million cubic feet.
The Badamyar Low Compression Platform expansion project in Block M5 was brought on line in 2017. It is designed to maintain production from the Yadana Field by lowering wellhead pressure.
Chevron also has a 28.3 percent nonoperated interest in a pipeline company that transports natural gas from the Yadana offshore facilities to the Myanmar-Thailand border for final delivery to power plants in Thailand. The remaining volumes are dedicated to the Myanmar market. Other partners in the gas field and pipeline include Thailand’s state-run PTT Exploration and Production PLC and the government-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).
In 2015, Chevron signed a PSC with MOGE to explore for oil and gas in Block A5 in the offshore Rakhine Basin. We relinquished our 55 percent-owned and operated interest in Blocks AD3 and A5 in March 2019.
From 2015 to 2018, in support of offshore exploration activities for Block A5, Chevron consulted with local communities, contractors and other stakeholders. As part of that engagement, an Initial Environmental Examination was completed and approved. An operations-level grievance mechanism was established and provided Chevron with community feedback, concerns and grievances related to our work. The mechanism was developed based on international best practice and provided a detailed process for submission, investigation and resolution of grievances. The mechanism was available in the Myanmar language and actively shared with the local communities and government and interested stakeholders. All feedback and grievances received were addressed and closed out in a timely manner.
in the community
For two decades, we have supported the people of Myanmar in developing sustainable solutions for their health, governance and economic vitality.
improving access to health care
Since 2003, Chevron has supported the Non-Government Organization (NGO) Pact to provide health and economic development programs in the Dry Zone of Myanmar. These programs have impacted the lives of more than 1.25 million people through the establishment of more than 1,400 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 15,500 women met weekly in savings groups. Through WORTH, participants gain access to financing to expand or develop mircoenterprises and receive training about entrepreneurship, loans and savings.
Chevron is supporting a project with Jhpiego, an international NGO affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, to advance the Ministry of Health and Sports’ efforts to expand Learning and Performance Improvement Centers (L&PIC) to remote and rural areas of Myanmar. When implemented, the two L&PIC stations can provide on‐site skills practice and skills assessment to doctors, nurses, midwives and other health staff in rural and remote areas.
improving access to renewable energy
A key priority for Myanmar is electrifying the country. 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 has helped supply solar-powered lights to more than 10,000 households and connected more than 240,000 people to energy through solar home systems and electrified communal locations. Small business owners are reporting greater productivity and efficiencies in their operations, while children are enjoying extended hours of education through improved energy access.
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.
comprehensive socioeconomic program at yadana
Over the past 20 years, Chevron has joined efforts with our joint venture partner, TOTAL, to support health and social programs that have significantly improved the quality of life of communities living along the Yadana Pipeline area.
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. About 45,000 people in 33 villages have benefited from the program through free health care and vaccinations, and more than 1 million medical consultations were conducted.
Chevron also partners with TOTAL on a national program that focuses on blindness prevention, road safety and education and skills development. More than 400,000 people have received cataract surgery.
When major disasters have struck Myanmar, Chevron has been there to provide relief. In 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck the country, affecting 2.4 million people in 37 townships. In response, Chevron contributed $2 million to the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration, the Mercy Corps, Pact and Save the Children.
In 2015, Myanmar experienced some of the worst flooding in decades with more than 1.5 million people affected across the country. Chevron responded with $150,000 in donations – $75,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief efforts and $75,000 to Pact for long-term recovery efforts.
Unocal Myanmar Offshore Company Limited (UMOCL)
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