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Mong Kok Villagers Worried Thai JV Begins Coal Mine Preparations

Coal News - Published on Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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Myanmar Times reported that villagers in Mong Hsat township in Myanmar’s eastern Shan State are having sleepless nights as large-scale coal mining operation begins in their area and they could be forced out of their villages as the coal mine operations shifts to high gear. Villagers are worried that up to nine villages in Mong Kok could be evicted to make way for the giant coal mine and coal fired power plant. Earlier in October, over 300 villagers held a prayer ceremony to protect their lands from coal mining, but their supplications apparently went unheeded as Thai workers using backhoes, bulldozers and ten-wheel trucks began to clear about 3,200 acres of land for mining

The 28 year coal mining concession, signed in July, is a joint venture between Thailand’s Sahakol Equipment Co Ltd and Myanmar’s Golden Lake Co Ltd. The Thai company holds the majority stake of 70 percent in the joint venture, while the Myanmar firm controls the remaining 30pc. It intends to mine 300,000 tonnes of coal a year, mainly for export to Thailand. It also plans to build a 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant to supply electricity to Thailand’s power grid.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 11 Dec 2019
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