Last update:
2018-09-17

Shwe Taung Cement Factory, Mandalay, Myanmar

Dirty coal fuels a controversial cement factory in Mandalay, financed by World Bank's IFC. A large civil society coalition has denounced it as irresponsible investment.


Description:

Plans to expand a coal-fired cement plant in Tharzi district, Mandalay, have provoked opposition by villagers and civil society groups. The project entails not only the expansion of the cement factory, but also an adjunct limestone quarry and a coal mine in Kalewa, operated by the firm to exclusively supply the factory with raw materials [1]. The project is developed by the Shwe Taung Group (STG), whose majority shareholder Aik Htun is a controversial figure. He is believed to be linked to the former military regime, to narcotics trade and to money laundering, according to an open letter sent by a civil society coalition opposing the project [see 1]. Funding for the coal-fired cement factory comes from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – the private arm of the World Bank [2]. While the World Bank pledged not to finance coal-power plants for Myanmar’s national grid due to their devastating health, environmental and climate impacts [1], the Bank accepts – with surprise for civil society organizations - the use of coal power for Myanmar’s cement factories [1,3].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Shwe Taung Cement Factory, Mandalay, Myanmar
Country:Myanmar
State or province:Mandalay
Location of conflict:Tharzi district
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Coal extraction and processing
Thermal power plants
Manufacturing activities
Building materials extraction (quarries, sand, gravel)
Specific commodities:Land
Coal
Cement
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

The Shwe Taung Group (STG) expanded into the cement business in 2010 by setting up the Shwe Taung Cement Co Ltd (STC) to meet the growing demand for concrete and cement in Myanmar. Limestone and coal is provided to the factory through its wholly owned subsidiary, Shwe Taung Mining (STM), which holds relevant mining concessions [5].

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Project area:unknown
Level of Investment:110,000,000 USD
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:600 households
Start of the conflict:2010
Company names or state enterprises:Shwe Taung Corporation from Myanmar
Shwe Taung Cement Co Ltd (STC) (STC) from Myanmar - cement factory company
Shwe Taung Mining (STM) (STM) from Myanmar - supplies coal and limestone to the factory
International and Finance Institutions International Finance Corporation (of World Bank) (IFC) from United States of America
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Organisations that signed the open letter to the IFC, urging the IFC Board to reject funding for this project:
Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (national office)
EarthRights International (ERI)
Bank Information Center
Paung Ku Myanmar
ဘာသာေပါင္းစံုညီၫႊတ္ေရးအဖြဲ႕
Ayeayarwaddy West Development Organization, AWDO. (Magway region)
Satodetayar Development Organization, SDO.
Yoema Chin (Satodetayar)
Ayeayarwaddy West Development Organization – AWDO, farmer group. (Ngaphe)
Independence Asho Chin Nation Force.
Pwintphyu Development Organization
Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability – MATA (Magway)
Myanmar China Pipeline Watch Committee – MCPWC (Minbu)
Ayeayarwaddy West Development Organization – AWDO, farmer group (Minbu)
Thuriya Sandra Environmental Watch Group
ေရႊျခံေျမကြန္ရက္ ကြမ္းျခံကုန္းၿမိဳ႕
စိမ္းလန္း ျပင္ဦးလြင္
Community Response Group – COMREG
Tarkapaw Youth Group
Kachin Peace Network
Peace & Open Society Kyaukse
Myanmar-China Pipeline Watch Committee – MCPWC
Myanmar Alliance for Transparency & Accountability (Mandalay)
Farmer Union Kyaukse
ပိြဳင့္- ရိုးရာ၀န္းက်င္ ျမွင့္တင္ေရးအဖြဲ႕ (POINT-Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together)
Karen Environment and Social Action Network – KESAN
Upper Chindwin Youth Network – UCYN
Ayeyarwaddy Transparency and Accountability Association (ATAA)
Dawei Development Association – DDA
IFI Watch Myanmar
IFI Watch Kyunsu
Green Network Mergui Archipelago
The Mergui 88 Generation Open Peace and Open Society
ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားမ်ားႏွင္႔လယ္ယာလုပ္သားမ်ားသမဂၢ (ၿမိတ္ခရိုင္)
IFI Watch Pakokku
Sein Yanung So
Natural Green Alliance
Transparency and Accountability Network Kachin State (TANKS)
Humanity Institute
Our future initiative (OFI)
Southern Youth
ေမတၱာလက္ကမ္း
ၿမိတ္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ေတာင္သူလယ္သမား သမဂၢ
လမ္းစအဖြဲ႕
Tanintharyi Fisheries Partnership
Tanintharyi Green Network
Motherland
သယံဇာတေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရးအဖြဲ႕ (တနသၤာရီ)
သယံဇာတေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရးအဖြဲ႕ (ပေလာက္)
၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္ (ပုေလာ)
၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္ (ၿမိတ္)
အမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ား သမဂၢ (ၿမိတ္)
ေသြးခ်င္းသစၥာအဖြဲ႕
NNER – Myeik
ABSDF ရဲေဘာ္ေဟာင္းအဖြဲ႕
ဆရာမ်ားသမဂၢ (ၿမိတ္ခရိုင္)
သိေႏၶာ သယံဇာတ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရးအဖြဲ႕ (တနသၤာရီ)
၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္ (ေကာ့ေသာင္း)
ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားသမဂၢ(ေကာ့ေသာင္းၿမိဳ႕နယ္)
ေက်ာက္မီးေသြးေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရးအဖြဲ႕
ပါခ်န္ျမစ္ထိန္းသိမ္းေရးအဖြဲ႕
Our Future Imitative (ဘုတ္ျပင္း)
Tanintharyi Fisheries Partnership (ေကာ႔ေသာင္း)
ေပါက္တိုင္းေခ်ာင္းဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေရးေကာ္မတီ(ထားဝယ္)
Dawei Watch Fundation
ကလုံးထာ ဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးတိုးတက္ေရး ေကာ္မတီ
Community Sustainable Livelihood Development Committee
သတၱဳတြင္းေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရးအဖြဲ႕ Min Monitors Group
Dawei Youth Fellowship
တနသၤာရီမိတ္ေဆြမ်ားအဖြဲ႕ Thanintheri Friends
Green Generation
ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားသမဂၢ(ထားဝယ္)
အမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ား သမဂၢ (ထားဝယ္)
Dawei Pro-bono Lawyers Network
Karen Affair Committee
သံလြင္ကြန္ရက္
အေျခခံဥပေဒျပင္ဆင္ေရး ျပည္သူကြန္ရက္
မိကရင္လူငယ္အဖြဲ႕
သက္ေမြးအေထာက္အကူျပဳအဖြဲ႕
ဆာမူေထာ္
စာေရးဆရာအသင္း- ဘားအံ
လူမူထာအဖြဲ႕
Twee Community Development Network
ဟူဖိုကေပၚအဖြဲ႕
ဇြဲကပင္ပံုရိပ္အဖြဲ႕
Karen Human Right Group
Free And Justice
ေထာ္မဲပါအဖြဲ႕
Khu Mee Lit: Cult:Association
Khu Mee Women Organization
Mon Land Development and Natural Resources Conservation Organization
Chin Civil Society Network
Kanpatlet Environment Conversation Organization
Kanpatlet Land Development Organization
Matupi Community Development Organization
Chin Youth Organization
Chinland Natural Resource Watch Group
Beauty of Mt. Chin
ZCD + ZDA – Zomie Congress for Democracy + Zomie Dress Agency
Horn Bill Organization
Small Scale Industries Development
Chin Green Network
Falam Mino Paulkom
Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG)
Airavati
Women League of Burma WLB
K’Cho Land Development Association ခ်ိဳးေျမဖံ႕ြ ျဖိဳးတိုးတက္ေရးအသင္း
Open Development Foundation
Chin Women Development Organization
Yae Kyee Sann
Youth Development Network
Lut Lat Pwint Lin Social Association
Myat Won Thit
Myint Ma Kha Guard
Public Network
EDU Wave
Kyauk Gyi Development
East Light Development Group
Myanmar Youth Star
Bago Youth Network
Green Equations
ကရင္နီျပည္ လူငယ္မ်ား သမဂၢ
ကရင္နီ အမ်ိဳးသားလူငယ္အစည္းအရံုး
ကယန္း မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္ လူငယ္
ကရင္နီျပည္ ေတာင္သူ လယ္သမားမ်ား သမဂၢ
ကယန္းအမ်ိဳးသမီးအစည္းအရံုး
ကယား(ကရင္နီ)ျပည္နယ္ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားသမဂၢ
ထာဝစဥ္ စိမ္းလန္းစိုေျပ ကရင္နီျပည္
Kayah EarthRights Action Network
မဇၨိမႏွလံုးသားလူငယ္
အထက္ခ်င္းတြင္း လူငယ္ကြန္ရက္
အစိမ္းေရာင္ေျမ
ထီးခ်ိဳင့္ကြန္ယက္
မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္လူငယ္
နာဂလူငယ္ကြန္ယက္
နိစၥဓူ၀ ပညာေရး
အင္းသာ ေကာ္မတီအဖြဲ႕
ျဗဟၺ၀ိဟာရိ
၀န္သုခ
ေတာင္ကုန္းေဒသ ေစာင့္ၾကည္႔ေရး
အစိမ္းေရာင္လြင္ျပင္
အင္ဒိုင္းႀကီးပရဟိတလူမႈကူညီေရးအသင္း
ေနရဥၨရာလူယ္ကြန္ယက္
ေတာင္တြင္းလူမႈဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးေရးအသင္း
ႏုိင္ငံသားႏွင့္ ႏုိင္ငံသားအခြင့္အေရးလႈပ္ရွား ေဆာင္ရြက္ေရးအဖြဲ႔
တေအာင္း ေက်ာင္းသားလူငယ္အစည္းအရံုး
မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္(ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္)
ရွမ္းစာေပႏွင့္ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈ အသင္းအဖြဲ႕
၈၈ ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးႏွင့္ပြင့္လင္းလူအဖြဲ႕အစည္း
ပအို႔ပ္လူငယ္အဖြဲ႕အစည္း
ရွမ္းလူငယ္(ေတာင္ၾကီး)
တရားမွ်တမႈ ေစာင့္ၾကည္႔ေရးအဖြဲ႕
ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားႏွင့္လယ္ယာေျမအသင္း
ရွမ္းစာေပႏွင့္ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈ အသင္းအဖြဲ႕
သိန္းနီ သဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ထိန္းသိမ္းေရး အဖြဲ႕
ေရႊလိေမၼာ္လူမႈကြန္ယက္
ကြတ္ခိုင္ သဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ထိန္းသိမ္းေရးအဖြဲ႕
ရွမ္းစာေပႏွင့္ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈ အသင္းအဖြဲ႕(ရွမ္းေျမာက္လူငယ္အဖြဲ႕)
ရွမ္းစာေပႏွင့္ယဥ္ေက်းမႈအဖြဲ႕
တေအာင္း ေက်ာင္းသားလူငယ္အစည္းအရံုး
အင္းစိမ္းေျမ သဘာ၀စိမ္းလန္းစိုေျပေရး
တေအာင္း(ပေလာင္)စ/ယ ေကာ္မတီ
ကြတ္ခိုင္တေအာင္းလူငယ္
ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားအသင္း
ထာ၀ရဂရုဏာရွင္အဖြဲ႕
တေအာင္းအမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ား အဖြဲ႕အစည္း
၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္ ျငိမ္း/ပြင့္ (ရွမ္း/ေျမာက္)
၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္ ျငိမ္း/ပြင့္ (ရွမ္း/ေရွ႕)
ဝုန္းေမတၱာ
လီဆူစာေပႏွင့္ ရိုးရာယဥ္ေက်းမႈဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေရးအသင္း
အႏႈိုင္းမဲ့လူမႈကူညီေရးအသင္း
ဓႏုစာေပယဥ္ေက်းမႈေဒသဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေရးအသင္း
မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္ သထံုေလး
ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားမ်ားႏွင့္ ေျမယာလုပ္သားမ်ား သမဂၢ
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Noise pollution
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Health ImpactsVisible: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Other Health impacts
Other Health impactsExposure to dust from cement manufacturing
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Land dispossession
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The IFC financed the project despite concerns over environmental and social impacts voiced by a large coalition of civil society organisations.
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

2012 Foreign Investment Law
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2016 Myanmar Investment Law
[click to view]

2015 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Procedure
[click to view]

2012 Environmental Conservation Law
[click to view]

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[1] Open letter to the IFC regarding its proposed financing of a crony-owned cement factory and coal mine in Myanmar. 7 June 2017. Undersigned by 147 civil society organisations. (accessed online 12.09.2018).
[click to view]

[2] IFC Project Information Portal - STG Cement. (accessed online 12.09.2018).
[click to view]

[3] The Irrawaddy, 26 June 2017. "World Bank Arm Defends Mandalay Cement Factory Project Amid Civil Society Opposition". (accessed online 12.09.2018).
[click to view]

[4] Forntier Myanmar, "At a controversial cement plant project, waiting for the dust to settle". (accessed online 12.09.2018).
[click to view]

[5] Shwe Taung Cement Co. Ltd. website. (accessed online 12.09.2018).
[click to view]

[6] Apache Cement Website, Shwe Taung Cement Col Ltd. (accessed online 12.09.2018).
[click to view]

Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

The company's promotional video
[click to view]

Other documents

Map Credit and Source: Frontier Myanmar. https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/at-a-controversial-cement-plant-project-waiting-for-the-dust-to-settle
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Villager blames company for causing the skin aliment Credit and Source: Victoria Milko | Frontier. https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/at-a-controversial-cement-plant-project-waiting-for-the-dust-to-settle
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