Ban Chaung coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Ban Chaung coal mine is operated by Energy Earth Public Company Limited, near Dawei, in Tanintharyi, Karen, Myanmar.

According to Inclusive Development International (IDI), the mine has proposed an expansion to double the size (which would be an additional 0.18 million tonnes per annum).[1]


The map below shows the proposed location for the mine near Dawei, in Tanintharyi, Karen, Myanmar

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The coal deposits at Ban Chaung were first surveyed under Burma’s past military regime during 2003, 2006 and 2007. Mining permits covering 2,100 acres (ca.850 ha) were granted to the Myanmar Mayflower Mining company during 2010-2011, in an area heavily affected by past fighting between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Myanmar Army.


The Ban Chaung coal mine is a large open-pit mine has been the focus of intense civil society opposition in Myanmar. In June 2017, representatives of indigenous Karen filed a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, alleging human rights violations caused by the activities of the Thai mining companies. According to the complaint, the mine has illegally seized villagers’ land, damaged the livelihood of locals, and polluted water bodies and the air.

According to the reports, the rivers used by locals for drinking, bathing, fishing and swimming were polluted from toxic mining waste, dumped by the companies into the streams. During rains, mining pits fill up with dirty water that is than pumped out by the companies onto farmland and streams.[2]

Project Details

  • Developer: East Star Company[2]
  • Owner: Energy Earth Public Company Limited, Myanmar Mayflower Mining Enterprise (concession holder)[2]
  • Location: Dawei, in Tanintharyi, Karen, Myanmar
  • Coordinates: -16.167807, 33.789454(exact)
  • Status: Operating, Proposed expansion
  • Production: 0.18 million tonnes per annum (500 tons per day) with additional 0.18 proposed[1]
  • Reserve:
  • Start Year: 2012[2]
  • Coal Type:
  • Consumer:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Inclusive Development International (IDI), Reckless Development: The IFC’s Dodgy Deals in Southeast Asia, 3 March 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ban Chaun Coal Mine Karen State Myanmar, EJ Atlas, accessed online November 4, 2020

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