Chevron, Total exit Myanmar over deteriorating conditions

TotalEnergies, one of the world’s largest energy conglomerates, says it's stopping all operations in Myanmar, citing rampant human rights abuses and deteriorating rule of law since the country’s military overthrew the government

Via AP news wire
Friday 21 January 2022 09:11
Myanmar Push For Sanctions
Myanmar Push For Sanctions

TotalEnergies one of the world's largest energy conglomerates, said Friday it was stopping all operations in Myanmar citing rampant human rights abuses and deteriorating rule of law since the country's military overthrew the government. Chevon also said it was planning an exit.

The announcement came just a day after the French company called for international sanctions targeting the oil and gas sector, which remain one of the military government's primary sources of funding.

Total and Chevron had come under increasing pressure over their role in running the offshore Yadana gas field, and Thailand’s PTT Exploration & Production. Total has a majority stake in the venture and runs its daily operations, while MOGE collects revenues on behalf of the government.

“Since the Feb. 1 coup, we have seen the evolution of the country and it is clearly not favorable: The situation of rule of law and human rights in Myanmar has clearly deteriorated over months and despite the civil disobediance movements, the junta has kept power and our analysis is that it's unfortunately for the long term,” Total said.

Since the takeover, the military has cracked down brutally against dissent, abducting young men and boys, killing health care workers and torturing prisoners.

Total said it would withdraw without financial compensation and hand over its interests to the other stakeholders.

About 50% of Myanmar’s foreign currency comes from natural gas revenues, with MOGE expected to earn $1.5 billion from offshore and pipeline projects in 2021-2022, according to a Myanmar government forecast. Prior rounds of U.S. and European sanctions against the Myanmar military have excluded oil and gas.

In a statement released shortly after Total's announcement, Chevron said it too was planning to leave “in light of circumstances.”

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