Myanmar Names and Terms
Karen, Shan, Kachin, Mon: Four of Myanmar’s largest ethnic minorities. One Mon village and three Karen villages are located near the Yadana pipeline.
Kyat: Myanmar’s national currency.
Myanmar: The name officially adopted by Burma in September 1988. On the Web site, the names Myanmar and Burma may be used interchangeably.
VPDC: Village Peace and Development Council, formerly the Village Law and Order Restoration Council (VLORC). These councils are comprised of the Head of Village and of people considered as reliable by the government. Their role is to manage local affairs and serve as a liaison with authorities.
Yangon: The name officially given to Rangoon.
Yadana: An offshore natural gas field operated by Total with Unocal, PTT-EP and MOGE as co-venturers. Yadana is located in the Andaman Sea, approximately 60 kilometers offshore the nearest landfall in Myanmar. The field contains more than 5 trillion cubic feet (140 billion cubic meters) of natural gas, with an expected field life of 30 years. Output averaged 18.5 million cubic meters per day in 2005.
Yetagun: A natural gas field located in the Andaman Sea southeast of the Yadana field. Yetagun is operated by Premier (replaced by Petronas in 2002), in partnership with MOGE, PTT-EP and Nippon Oil.
Ychaugyaung, Chauk: Myanmar oil fields discovered around 1900 and still in production