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

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

Don Sahong Hydropower Plant Not Yet Under Construction

Vientiane Times, 14 Sept 2012 Construction of the Don Sahong hydropower plant in Champassak province, one of the planned development projects on the lower Mekong River has not begun, according to the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The ministry made the announcement yesterday concerning the development of the 256MW hydropower project in the Hou Sahong … 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

*Opening the floodgates*

A giant dam is about to be built. Protests are about to erupt The Economist, May 5th 2012 WHAT looked like an admittedly temporary reprieve for the swift currents and extraordinary biodiversity of the Mekong river is now over. In December the Mekong River Commission (MRC), an intergovernmental body made up of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, called again … Continue reading

World Bank commits US$8m to Mekong resources management

April 5, 2012 Vientiane Times The World Bank yesterday committed more than 63.7 billion kip (US$8 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to promote trans- boundary management of regional river resources. Ms Annette Dixon and Mr Hans Guttman shake hands after signing the agreement. MRC’s Chief Executive Officer Hans Guttman and World Bank Country … 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

Laos Defies Neighbours’ Objections to Construction of Mekong Dam

November 13, 2011 The government of Laos is showing increasing determination to build the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River despite persistent objections and warnings of disastrous consequences from neighbouring countries, international donors and environmental groups. Laos has already been accused of starting preliminary construction on dam infrastructure in defiance of a decision in … Continue reading