December 19, 2013 12:00 am JST

Network togetherness

Western oil majors and other corporations are battling for the energy resources of Southeast Asia more fiercely than ever before. Myanmar, Indonesia and other countries are looking to cooperate with the global industry while also ensuring stable energy supplies for themselves. Each country realizes this job is too big for it to handle on its own. So nations are giving each other a hand. One way they are doing this is by jointly building gas and oil pipelines. Then there is the Asean Power Grid, a project worth $4 billion. The initiative is designed to allow Southeast Asian nations to share electricity. There are also investment plans for renewable energy and nuclear power plants that are likely to affect the project.