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

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

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

Laos Urged to Revise Energy Production and Supply Policy

Vientiane Times, 21 March 2013 Laos needs to revise its electricity production and supply policy amid a surge in demand for energy, experts in the country advise. The Ministry of Energy and Mines yesterday held a seminar to provide a platform for policymakers from the departments concerned and Electricite du Laos (EdL) to debate changes … Continue reading

Government to Create Renewable Energy Development Fund

By Times Reporters (Latest Update March 20, 2013) The government plans to establish a fund to promote the development of renewable energy and bio-diesel production. According to the Renewable Energy Development Strategy, the fund will be sourced from the government’s budget, donor countries, international financial institutions, and non-government organisations (NGOs), which are active in renewable … Continue reading

IFC Backs Lao Hydropower Development Policy

Vientiane Times, 18 March 2013 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to improve laws and regulations and their enforcement, and to implement integrated water resources management. Deputy Minister of Finance Mr Santiphab Phomvihane and IFC’s sustainable … Continue reading