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Firms consult villagers for oil refinery in Dawei
Publication Date : 09-08-2013
The Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) and Htoo Company had a meeting with local villagers from Longlon Township on August 2 to discuss plans to construct an oil refinery in Dawei District, Taninthayi Region of lower Myanmar.
“We held a discussion with the villagers from Nyin Maw village where the plant will be built, officials from the companies and the group who will carry out the project's environmental and social impact assessment. The company and UMEHL explained about the construction of a refinery plant and the locals also inquired what they wanted to know because they don’t want any [bad] impact of the business on their environment," said Thant Zin from Dawei Development Committee.
He added that the oil refinery would need 1,000 tons of fresh water an hour and that they would dam the Tha Phar waterfall near the project to get the required fresh water.
"The construction is a major project because it needs 1,000 tons of fresh water. The locals are worried about the water shortage during construction. So we need to explain to the locals about the construction of the dam," Thant Zin added.
Local residents are worried about the environmental pollution created by the waste products of refining crude oil. Although the waste would only constitute 0.5 per cent of total output, of a total of five million tonnes of oil would mean about 25,000 tons of waste.
"The locals urged the company to reveal the ongoing of construction plans. The villagers said they don’t need it. Finally, the company promised them they won’t make the project if the villagers will not accept," said Thant Zin.
The UMEHL and Htoo Company will begin the oil refinery importing the crude oil from the Middle East. The UMEHL had bought an oil-palm farm and about 1,600 acres of oil-palm factory owned by the Ministry of Industry. Nyin Maw village where the plant will be built is located near Longlone Township or about 15 miles from Dawei Township.