Burma says new estimates of its natural gas reserves would not support a proposed gas pipeline to India.
The director of Burma's energy planning division, U Soe Myint says Burma will make a final decision on the pipeline in May after provisional estimates are certified.
He says Burma will first use gas from its two reserve blocks for local consumption, and then if there is a surplus, will look to export it.
Meanwhile, India's foreign minister, Pranab Mukherjee has began a three-day visit to Burma. Indian officials say the minister is expected to urge Burma to crack down on rebels from the Indian state of Assam, who India says have recently crossed into Burma.