Offshore Upstream Activities Taking Shape in Myanmar, Slowly

WRS added that the “skills needed are diverse and cover infrastructure, security, risk analysis, training, legal/professional services, health and safety analysis and last but not least, environmental and social impact assessment.”

Given the current industry gloom, Myanmar seems to be a bright spark in the global oil and gas business as the Southeast Asian country braces itself for a more active upstream sector, particularly in exploration, over the next few years.

“When I speak with candidates about Myanmar, they all see it as an exciting location to work in and many want to be involved with work that could easily lead to significant discoveries to which their names could become synonymous,” Dan Saleh, a specialist recruiter for the worldwide oil and gas sector at WRS, said as he cited feedback from those interested in working in this new oil and gas “frontier”.

With so much to do, it is unsurprisingly that Myanmar is not looking a new bidding round for offshore blocks. “I don’t think there will be an offshore bidding round this year, not next year too as work will start at the 20 blocks [awarded in 2014]. Maybe early 2017,” Than Tun said.


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