Resistance forces seize control of oil rig in central Myanmar

The People’s Defence Force of Myaing Township was among the groups that took over the state-owned Letpando oil rig, which has been out of operation since staff fled in 2021

Allied resistance forces recently took over an oil rig in Magway Region and a nearby junta police station in Pauk Township, capturing several officers who attempted to abandon the site, according to members of an anti-regime group involved. 

The Letpando oil rig, one of seven state-owned rigs in Magway that had been under Union-level management prior to Myanmar’s February 2021 coup, was overrun by guerrilla forces in late April.

An officer formerly from the Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE)—the internationally sanctioned national entity which operated the rigs—who left his post to join the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) after the coup, said that the Letpando site had ceased production in recent years. He told Myanmar Now that it was left unstaffed due to personnel taking part in the CDM’s general strike, and following warnings issued by the anti-junta People’s Defence. . .

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