Focusing on Madè Island

Madè Island is an outlying island in the Bay of Bengal under the jurisdiction of Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State, Myanmar. With a land area of 12 km2 and surrounded by waters with an average depth of 24 meters, the island is blessed with favorable geological and natural conditions and water depth. With the inflow of foreign capital for economic development encouraged by the Myanmar Government, the 300,000-ton crude oil terminal, which is jointly invested by CNPC and its partners, was built in Madè Island in 2009, in support of the Myanmar-China Crude Oil Pipeline. Over the years, from the start to the operation of the oil terminal, we have become a part of the Madè Island community by making our own contributions to its prosperity. We are pleased to see that Madè Island is becoming one of the most important waterway hubs in Myanmar and even in Southeast Asia. Tremendous changes have taken place. For instance, tap water is available in every village replacing the rain water; all households enjoy power supply for 24 hours instead of the previous 3 hours; roads nonexistent before now connect nearly all of the villages; and the establishment of 3G telecommunication base stations has put an end to the days when there was no mobile signal. Moreover, there are tractors and motorcycles, as well as new schools and clinics on the island.

Developing port logistics industry

Our 300,000-ton oil terminal on Madè Island is not only a demonstration project for attracting foreign investment to Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ), but also important local infrastructure for port transportation. It will facilitate the construction of the deep-water port and promote the development of foreign trade in the locality. Relevant industries including electricity, hotels and communication are expected to experience rapid development as the local area turns into a fully functional logistics port.

Giving priority to local employment

We give priority to local employment. We investigated the young labor resources on Madè Island and provided them with skills training to enjoy more job opportunities. In the peak time of the construction period, we hired more than 1,000 local employees. Many villagers have acquired new vocational skills, and started to earn more for their family by working for the project.

Providing Tap Water on Madè Island

The only source of fresh water on Madè Island is rain. Therefore the residents suffered greatly from shortage of drinking water in dry season for lack of water storage facilities, which seriously affected their health and lowered their living standard. Even during the Water Festival, people had to spread mud on each other instead of water. In 2012, together with our partners, we invested to build a public waterworks project on Madè Island, including a high pool with a capacity of 500 cubic meters, 6,060 meters of water pipes, and 15 water supply points covering five villages. It provides over 3,000 local residents with clean water on the island. The water is supplied from the reservoir invested and built by South-East Asia Crude Oil Pipeline Company Limited, with a storage capacity of 650,000 cubic meters.

Improving traffic conditions

For the fishermen’s convenience, we built the first access road to the village and erected three wooden bridges on the island. In 2013, a 5.6km road was built connecting five villages.

Promoting public welfare

We communicate with local residents to know more about their living environment and community development, and strive to improve their living standard by carrying out socioeconomic assistance projects. We invited agriculture and animal husbandry experts from Yangon to teach the villagers how to develop greenhouse vegetable farming and livestock breeding. As a result, life has improved on the island and more than 200 local people benefited from the training. We built dormitories for teachers on Madè Island and provided desks, chairs and other facilities in order to improve the education conditions. To help the children of migrant families get educated near their homes, we built dedicated schools and employed teachers for them.