Manthorpe: Laos’ Mekong River Hydro Dam Riles Neighbors

BY JONATHAN MANTHORPE, VANCOUVER SUN  JANUARY 20, 2013 Photograph by: NAMAS BHOJANI , BLOOMBERG NEWS   Laos’ determination to become “the battery of Southeast Asia” by building a cascade of hydro-electric dams on the Mekong River is meeting growing alarm and resistance from not only neighboring countries, but also foreign governments funding the river’s management organization. There was … Continue reading

Vietnam and Cambodia hit back at landmark Laos dam

Published: Friday, Jan 18, 2013, 13:45 IST Place: Bangkok | Agency: Reuters Vietnam urged Laos to halt construction of a $3.5 billion hydropower dam pending further study, environmental activists said on Friday after a meeting of the Mekong River Commission. The activists said Cambodia, also downriver from the Xayaburi dam, accused Laos during heated discussions … Continue reading

Cambodia Approves Controversial Dam Plan

November 03, 2012 Energy-hungry Cambodia on Friday gave the green light to a multi-million dollar hydropower dam backed by companies from China and Vietnam that activists say will affect thousands of people. The Hydro Power Lower Sesan 2 project will invest $781.5 million to build a 400-megawatt hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the Mekong … Continue reading

Cambodia Hits Oil Revenue

Friday, 28 September 2012  May Kunmakara A view of a Caltex gas station in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Hong Menea/Phnom Penh Post Officials yesterday confirmed that the Cambodian government will receive a majority of the revenue share from Chevron’s offshore Block A oil permit area near Sihanoukville in the Gulf of Thailand. The government expects to … Continue reading

China Offers Loans for Power Grid

Friday, 14 September 2012 Rann Reuy China has offered to loan Cambodia US$50 million per year to develop the Kingdom’s energy sector, as GE seeks to open a representative office in the country, officials said yesterday. Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy Suy Sem told reporters of the loan requirements after a bipartisan meeting with … Continue reading

The Mekong River: Lies, Dams and Statistics

Jul 26th 2012, 8:55 by T.F. | XAYABURI and VIENTIANE A DENSE cloud of diplomatic doublespeak hangs over the turbid waters of the Mekong. An amazing week of conflicting statements, stark contradictions and confusion has made everything about the site of a controversial dam project at Xayaburi, in northern Laos, as clear as mud. The Mekong, … Continue reading

Cambodia Government to Cut Power Subsidies

The Phnom Penh Post Friday, 06 July 2012 May Kunmakara A technician repairs power lines in Phnom Penh. The government is planning to drop some subsidies on electricity. Photograph: Sreng Meng Srun/Phnom Penh Post The government will drop subsidies for high electricity use, after the Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC) reported losses of US$3 million … Continue reading

Asia-Pacific to Need $6T for Energy

Power demand to double by 2030, says ADB By: Amy R. Remo, Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:14 am | Monday, June 4th, 2012 The Asia-Pacific region will need more than $6 trillion worth of investments in new energy infrastructure by 2030 to meet the projected doubling of energy demand by that time, according to the Asian Development … Continue reading

Cambodia Plans to Open Nine Hydropower Dams by 2019

by Staff Writers Phnom Penh (AFP) May 19, 2008 Cambodia will construct controversial Chinese-funded dams as part of a plan to feed its electricity-starved economy, according to government documents obtained Monday by AFP. The Southeast Asian country will open nine dams of various sizes between 2010 and 2019 to generate 1,942 megawatts of power, according … Continue reading

The Asian Development Bank Urged Countries in the Asia-Pacific Region to Take Immediate Action to Reduce the Negative Impact of Climate Change

Chinese walk under a perimeter thoroughfare running through Beijing’s central business district shrouded by pollution and clouds April 20, 2012. The past winter China’s capital has seen some of the worst air pollution since the government promised more “blue sky’ days after the 2008 Olympics. UPI/Stephen Shaver MANILA, Philippines, May 7 (UPI) – The Asian … Continue reading