Chauk

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Chauk
ချောက်
Town
Chauk is located in Myanmar
Chauk
Chauk
Location in Myanmar (Burma)
Coordinates: 20°53′N 94°49′E / 20.883°N 94.817°E / 20.883; 94.817Coordinates: 20°53′N 94°49′E / 20.883°N 94.817°E / 20.883; 94.817
Country  Myanmar
Division Magway Region
District Magway District
Township Chauk Township
Population [citation needed]
 • Total 180,000
Time zone MMT (UTC+6.30)

Chauk (Burmese: ချောက်) is a town and river port in Magway Region, north-central Myanmar (Burma), on the Irrawaddy River. It is located across the river from Seikphyu (ဆိပ်ဖြူ) and is connected by a bridge.[1][2]

History[edit]

In 1902, the Chauk-Lonywa oil field was discovered near Chauk, which is presently a major source of income for the town.

On January 2, 2014, Singapore’s Interra Resources announced that its jointly controlled entity, Goldpetrol Joint Operating Company Inc., had commenced drilling development well CHK 1177 in the Chauk oil field in Myanmar.[3]

Earthquake[edit]

The 6.8 Mw Myanmar earthquake shook north-central Myanmar on August 24, 2016 with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI (Strong). Four people were killed and several ancient temples were damaged.

Economy[edit]

A refinery was built in Chauk for the Chauk-Lonywa oil field that also processes crude oil that comes down a pipeline from Yenangyaung.[4] The Chauk field was still producing natural gas as of 1995.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Google Maps (Map). Google. 
  2. ^ Bing Maps (Map). Microsoft and Harris Corporation Earthstar Geographics LLC. 
  3. ^ "Interra starts drilling in Myanmar's Chauk field". Oil Patch Asia. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Bečka, Jan (1995) "Chauk" Historical Dictionary of Myanmar Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, New Jersey, p. 58, ISBN 0-8108-2840-5