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

Second Mekong Dam Awaits Nod

2012-10-18 AFP A Lao energy official says construction on the Pak Beng dam is pending approval from the government. A stretch of the Mekong River near Pak Beng in Laos near the Thai border, Oct. 16, 2009. Developers of a second dam proposed on the Mekong River in Laos have completed the design and impact assessment … Continue reading

Xayaburi Hydro Project on Schedule, Energy Ministry Says

Watcharapong Thongrung The Nation August 25, 2012 1:00 am File photo of a hydropower in Laos The Xayaburi hydropower project is on schedule to begin supplying electricity in 2019, as the Laotian government has given no written notice of its cancellation or postponement, said Norkun Sitthiphong, permanent secretary of the Thai Energy Ministry. The Xayaburi hydropower … 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

CK targets 15% growth as Xayaburi progresses

Bangkok Post, Published: 25/04/2012 at 02:15 AM Ch. Karnchang Plc (CK), Thailand’s third-largest contractor by market capitalisation, is aiming at 15% revenue growth, to 15-16 billion baht, this year. Chief executive Plew Trivisvavet said the 1,280-megawatt Xayaburi hydroelectric dam project on the Mekong River in Laos will generate 30% of the company’s total revenue this year, or about 4.5 … Continue reading

Thailand won’t veto construction of dam

November 2, 2011 Thailand will not oppose construction of the Xayaburi dam in Laos but Vientiane must take responsibility if the project causes any environmental damage, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk says. Mr Preecha yesterday said Thailand was treating the project as an internal affair of Laos which Bangkok had no right to … Continue reading

Firm denies dam report bias

November 14, 2011 A consulting firm commissioned by the Lao government to prepare a report on the controversial US$3.8 billion Xayaburi dam project has rejected claims by environmentalists that their assessment was “biased” due partly to existing ties with a project backer.