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Destination in Myanmar - KYAUT PHYU

Kyaukpyu is a major town in Rakhine State, in western Myanmar. It is located on the north western corner of Yanbye Island on Combermere Bay, and is 250 miles (400 km) northwest of Yangon. The town is situated on a superb natural harbor which connects the rice trade between Calcutta and Yangon. The estimated population in 1983 was 19,456 inhabitants.



The place where the present town was originally a small fishing village. After the first Anglo-Burmese War, the British established Kyaukpyu in 1837 on the spot of the fishing village. In 1852, Kyaukphyu became a district city. On October 22, 2010, Cyclone Giri made landfall on the west coast of Myanmar just north of the town at category five strength.

In June 2007, Asia World announced that it would be building a deep sea port on Maday Island in Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State.[4]The port will be a transit point for goods destined for Yangon, Kolkata, and Chittagong.

 In December 2008, China and Burma signed a deal to construct an oil pipeline at Kyaukphyu.On 30 November 2010, the China Development Bank and Myanmar Foreign Investment Bank signed a $2.4 billion loan deal to construct the 660 miles (1,060 km) pipeline from Kyaukphyu to Kunming in Yunnan province, China.

The pipeline is expected to be completed in 2015 and capable of transporting 400,000 barrels of oil per day. These construction projects will allow China to directly obtain oil and gas from the Middle East (with the terminus at Kyaukphyu), without circumventing through the Malacca Straits.