The company is the operator with a 27% share of the project, estimated to cost USD 650 million. The Burmese junta's own oil company, MOGE, is also involved in the development. John Battle expressed concern over the British company's presence in Burma, and asked for the company to pull out. Premier Oil refused to heed the minister's call, and got backing from the Confederation of British Industry, which thinks that such decisions should be left to the individual company, as long as neither British authorities nor the UN have imposed sanctions.
Kvaerner R. J. Brown in Singapore carried out the design of top decks and modules for the gas platform (see NorWatch 13/99). The contract was worth USD 10 million.
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