Yetagun gas field production resumes off Myanmar

By an OGJ correspondent
BANGKOK, Apr. 15 -- Production resumed Apr. 10 from Myanmar's offshore Yetagun gas field after two ruptures in a pipeline were repaired.

Thai officials confirmed that gas deliveries from the field in the Gulf of Martaban were resumed at the normal rate of about 400 MMcfd after a 9-day shutdown that caused gas supplies to Thailand to fall short by roughly 10%.

The field was closed Apr. 1 after the ruptures were discovered at a section of the 67 km onshore portion of the Yetagun gas pipeline near the Myanmar-Thai border in the Thai western province of Kanchanaburi (OGJ, Apr. 7, 2008, Newsletter).

What caused the ruptures remains a mystery. The Yetagun consortium, led by Malaysia's Petronas, declined to confirm whether the damage was due to sabotage by anti-Yangon regime elements.

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