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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Thailand shelves 'land bridge'

There once was a plan to run a 250-kilometer (roughly 150 mile) pipeline across Thailand from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea, but that plan has been put on hold due to lack of money and interest as reported here
nvestor interest waned because Beijing has become increasingly focused on boosting its own transnational pipelines, including one between Siberia and northern China, according to Prasert.
Investors from South Korea and Japan also have yet to sign up for the project, which envisions a link between Phang Nga province on the west coast with Nakhon Si Thammarat on the east and new refineries at either end.
The project would have shortened the distance from oil producers in the Middle East to consumers in Southeast Asia and the Far East and avoided piracy problems often encountered through the Malacca Straits...
Earthquakes were cited as a consideration and, I suspect, terrorist activity in the area might have come into play, too.

Update: Here's what the plan was:



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