Myanmar’s government wants to accelerate hydrocarbon and renewable energy projects even as the nation contends with international sanctions, surging liquefied natural gas prices and the withdrawal of industry heavyweights from proposed giant gas field developments.

Worsening power outages — which the government blames in part on infrastructure damage caused by the pro-democracy demonstrators it has deemed “terrorists” — prompted a joint statement from two senior-level officials in the Union government, which was formed after the military seized power early last year, ousting the democratically elected government.