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  • Global consulting and engineering firm Pöyry’s energy business group has won the technical consulting contract for the Laotian government’s controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi hydropower.  The company did not disclose how much it was being paid over the course of the eight-year contract.
  • On the same day that Thailand’s government come out in support of Laos’ decision to immediately begin construction of the controversial Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong River, international environmental NGO WWF issued a warning that construction puts environment and livelihoods in “grave danger.”
  • Finland’s government has declared its intention to scrutinize the role of Finnish engineering firm the Pöyry Group in the divisive Xayaburi Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in Laos.
  • Central Asian officials, NGOs and multilateral financing institutions will discuss Tajikistan’s massive and controversial Roghun hydropower project at the Second Meeting of Stakeholders and Civil Society on November 7.
  • 30 May 2012- 09:34 by OOSKAnews Correspondent TEHRAN, Iran The Iranian government announced this week that its central bank had not accepted the financial terms set by China’s Sinohyrdo Corp. for the contract to build the Bakhtiari Dam in southwestern Iran. Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou said
  • Environmental conservation groups, including WWF and International Rivers, have come out in the last week with criticism over a new Laotian government report that claims a redesigned Xayaburi Dam will address all the environmental problems associated with its construction.
  • 8 May 2012- 12:53 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MYANMAR, RANGOON The Thai-based Shwe Gas Movement claimed at the end of April that Chinese companies are planning to extract gold from Peophru Island in the Laymro River in western Burma’s Arakan state "under the guise of constructing a hydropower
  • 1 May 2012- 14:09 by OOSKAnews Correspondent TOKYO, Japan Japan will commit some $7.5 billion USD in official development assistance to countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region in 2013-2015 to support their efforts to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
  • Tensions are rising again over the proposed Thai-funded Xayaburi Dam project in Laos. Last December in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Mekong River Commission Council, representing Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, debated the 1,260-megawatt dam’s future. Delegates decided that a fuller study of the dam’s impact was needed before further development.