Myanmar: protestors vow to continue fight against MCL

Myanmar: protestors vow to continue fight against MCL
Published: 09 August 2016


Local protestors in Kyaikmaraw in southeast Myanmar have reacted angrily to the publication of a report into the building a new coal-fired cement plant, Burma News International reports.

The report, which follows a consultation on the building of the plant, was seen as being biased towards the Mawlamyine Cement project.

The US$400m plant, which is being built as a joint venture between SCG and Pacific Link Cement, is to come online in mid-2016 and will have a capacity of around 1.6Mta.

U Ohn Win, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation stated that “the factory has minimised all the consequences from the use of coal power.”

However, his statement has failed to reassure local residents, who have organised a petition against the plant’s use of coal power.