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12 Jan 2021 BANGKOK, Thailand
The government of Thailand has expressed concern about plans by Laos to build another hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River, citing environmental concerns.Thailand has called for a more comprehensive scientific study into the impact of the proposed Sanakham dam on the river’s already fragile ecosystems and has threatened to veto the project using its rights as a member of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) if it concludes that the construction will harm the environment...
11 Feb 2020 LUANG PRABANG, Laos
The government of Laos has been challenged by neighbouring countries and NGOs about provision of data around environmental assessmnet of the Luang Prabang dam in the lower Mekong.At a 6 February consultation meeting on the proposed 1,460 megawatt dam stakeholders raised concerns and suggested further in-depth studies to evaluate the potential transboundary environmental and social impacts and explore possible mitigation measures that could be taken...
30 Jul 2019 BANGKOK
Though dam operator CK Power PCL has strongly denied it is storing water in Laos' Xayaburi Dam’s reservoir and causing an extraordinary reduction of water levels downstream, hydrological information cited by Montree Chantawong from Mekong Butterfly suggests that the 1,260-megawatt dam is to blame for unnatural fluctuations in water levels and flow downstream...
22 Jul 2019 BANGKOK, Thailand
Thailand's Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has admitted that the Thai government can not directly mitigate the recent drop in Mekong River water levels, but looked to the resumption of upstream dam discharge to replenish water levels "soon".Somkiat Prajumwong, secretary general of the agencysaid July 19 that the agency sent a letter asking the Laos government to suspend the trial of the Xayaburi Dam for a few days...
18 Nov 2016 VIENTIANE
In 2019, the first dam on the Lower Mekong will be completed. Environmentalists fear it will threaten fisheries and communities, but the Lao government says the concerns are exaggerated.
9 Nov 2016 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
The government of Laos has submitted a new request to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) secretariat to construct a dam on the Mekong, the MRC said in a statement this week.The Pak Beng Hydropower Project, a run-of-river project located on the river’s mainstream in Oudomxay province, would have an installed capacity of 912 megawatts and would discharge 5,771...
7 Jan 2016 BANGKOK, Thailand
Thailand’s Administrative Court in late December dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2012 by Chiang Rai villagers who alleged that government agencies had acted illegally in signing an agreement to purchase power from Laos’ contentious Xayaburi hydropower dam on the Mekong River.In his ruling, obtained by local media, the judge found that the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the Energy Policy and Planning Office (Eppo), the Energy Ministry, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the cabinet had complied with the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Procedure for Notification Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNCPA) before signing the power purchase agreement...
3 Apr 2015 BANGKOK, Thailand
A group of NGOs -- including International Rivers, Mekong Watch, CEE Bankwatch, Both ENDS, Focus on the Global South, and NGO Forum on the ADB (Asian development Bank) -- are calling on international lending institutions to publicly address the negative impacts of Laos’ $1.25 billion USD, 1,070-megawatt Nam Theun 2 dam project...
4 Feb 2015 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam
Some 40 percent of the Mekong Delta could be lost over the next 100 years because of rising sea levels, and those losses could be even higher if riparian countries continue to build dams on the river, participants heard during the Mekong Delta Forum in Ho Chi Minh City this week.That grim prediction was based on estimates that Vietnam will see a one-meter rise in sea levels by 2100 due to the effects of climate change...
5 Nov 2014 VIENTIANE
Construction of the Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River in Laos is almost half finished, the developer behind it has said. Prasert Marittanaporn, senior vice president of the construction firm Ch. Karnchang, told the Bangkok Post late last week that the $3.8 billion hydropower project -- which conservation groups fear will have grave effects on communities downstream -- is now 45 per cent built...
15 Oct 2014 BANGKOK
Residents from eight provinces along the Mekong River Wednesday filed for a court injunction to try to derail the controversial Xayaburi dam on the lower Mekong River. Network of Thai People in the Eight Provinces of the Mekong Basin asked the Administrative Court to suspend a power-purchase agreement (PPA) signed by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand to buy 95% of the electricity to be generated by the hydroelectric dam that has stoked environmental and economic concern from Vietnam and Cambodia...
10 Oct 2014 CHIANG RAI, Thailand
The Mekong River Commission (MRC), an intergovernmental body created by Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in 1995 to promote cooperation and equitable use of the Mekong River, is “essential but insufficient,” according to a new report from Washington DC-based public policy institute the Stimson Center...