Energy agencies prepare for Myanmar’s gas supply disruption in April


Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal called a meeting with related agencies this week to prepare to handle Myanmar’s gas supply suspension from April 4-12.

Myanmar plans to suspend natural gas delivery of 1.1 billion cubic feet per day to Thailand in order to repair drilling rigs at the Yadana gas field.

The meeting discussed measures to be put in place in case of an emergency, the minister said. Those measures include sourcing alternative fuel to offset shortfall and asking for cooperation from the public to reduce electricity usage.

Agencies concerned were instructed to reserve liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports. The possibility to resume operations of mothballed diesel power plants was discussed at the meeting, he said, adding that switching to fuel oil and diesel to produce electricity would increase costs.