Xayaboury dam ‘not harming the Mekong’, Thai reporters told

Published on Vientiane Times, September 7th, 2013 The Xayaboury dam will not have any long-term impact on the Mekong River, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Viraphonh Vilavong told Thai news media in Vientiane yesterday. Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) interviewed Mr Viraphonh in his office regarding the development of the dam and Laos’ … Continue reading

Xayaboury Dam: Extensive Research Generates Reassurance

By Vientiane, August 27th, 2013 Laos is building the first run-of-river hydropower dam on the Mekong River downstream from the storage cascade in China. With construction nearly one-fifth complete, the Vientiane Times visited the site to find out how the project is progressing. The giant river Mekong was a muddy brown and at its highest … Continue reading

Construction Of Hongsa Power Plant Forges Ahead

By Vientiane Times, 24th August 2013 Energy investor Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE) has reported that, as of the end of June, construction of the Hongsa Mine-Mouth Power Project in Hongsa district, Xayaboury province, was 62 percent complete. “The project is 1.1 percent ahead of the plan,” LHSE Deputy General Manager, Dr Sayphet Aphayvanh, reported at … Continue reading

Lao Energy Firm Earns US$21.7m From Nam Theun 2 Dam

By VientianeTimes, August 16th, 2013 The state-owned Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE), a major energy developer, earned about 170 billion kip (US$21.7 million) from the Nam Theun 2 (NT2) hydropower project in the first six months of this year. LHSE Deputy General Manager, Dr Sayphet Aphayvanh, reported at the biannual meeting on Tuesday that the … Continue reading

Govt Demonstrates Transparency Over Xayaboury Dam

By Vientiane Times, 15 August, 2013 At least 10 foreign and local journalists plan to visit the under-construction Xayaboury dam this week to see firsthand the environmentally-friendly technology being used to develop the run-of-river dam. The visit is scheduled to take place on August 15-18 and will bring to more than 20 the number of … Continue reading

Alstom Supplies Hongsa Coal-Fired Power Plant in Thailand

By Alstom, July 26th, 2013 Alstom Grid Turkey will support national energy projects in Thailand and Laos with the supply of 3-phase shunt reactors for the Hongsa lignite coal-fired power plant. The contract, worth around €10 million, was awarded by Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT). Hongsa will be the highest capacity power plant in Laos, providing 1,878 … Continue reading

Biofuel Workshop to Explore Green Energy Opportunities

By Vientiane Times, July 10th, 2013 Government, industry and non-profit sector representatives will meet today in Vientiane at the national biofuel workshop to discuss the challenges and opportunities of scaling up production and use of biofuels in Laos. The workshop aims at giving an overview of the current biofuel production and research findings made by … Continue reading

Laos Explains Its Hydropower Policy

Vientiane Times, 6 June 2013 Responsible and sustainable development of hydropower can be a catalyst for economic development and help bring people out of poverty, according to a senior Lao energy official. “Very often we are asked, why does Laos choose hydropower?” said Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr Viraphonh Viravong, in discussions with hydropower experts from around … Continue reading

Laos Commits to Int’l Hydropower Standards

Vientiane Times, 4 June 2013 Although it is a poor country, Laos will try its best to meet international hydropower sustainability standards, a senior energy official told an international conference recently. Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Mr Viraphonh Viravong made the comment during a debate at the International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Conference held … Continue reading

WWF Exposes Seven Sins of Dam Building

Posted on 22 March 2013 Gland/Berlin – On World Water Day, WWF criticizes dam projects worldwide that continue to violate fundamental sustainability criteria. In the WWF report, “Seven Sins of Dam Building,” numerous dam projects under construction or planned are given a failing review by the conservation organization. Aside from the internationally controversial Belo Monte (Brazil) … Continue reading