Energy

Villages inundated as heavy rain lashes two provinces

River levels have increased and flooded crops, rice fields, gardens, fishponds and villages after heavy rain in the two northern provinces over the past three days. Two districts and the Boten Special Economic Zone in Luang Namtha province are the worst affected areas, with Nam ...

Times Reporters

Laos to build large hybrid floating solar project

The Lao government and shareholders in Nam Theun 2 hydropower plant have agreed to develop Nam Theun 2-Solar, which is claimed to be the world’s largest hybrid floating solar project.With an installed capacity of 240 megawatt peak (MWp), the solar project will be built on ...

Australia, Germany, Switzerland to provide nearly USD13 m to improve Mekong’s overall state

Australia, Germany, and Switzerland on Jun 24 committed nearly USD13 million in funding to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to assist Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam to respond to pressing challenges while safeguarding the ecological function of the Mekong River and improving people’s ...

KPL

Laos Issues New Decree on Dam Management

Authorities announced on Thursday that the government of Laos has released new instructions for handling hydropower dams aimed at mitigating water shortages and floods.The new decree, effective 4 March, requires hydropower operators to alert authorities once dam reservoirs achieve full capacity or when downstream river ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Lancang-Mekong pilot project provides clean drinking water, improves conditions in Ngoi district

A drinking water demonstration project financially supported by the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund is set to provide clean drinking water to the residents of Ngoi district in Luang Prabang province.Nam Ou River Basin Hydropower Co., Ltd. (established by POWERCHNIA to develop the Nam Ou River cascade ...

Advertorial Desk

Laos to Build Two Coal-Fired Plants in Xekong Province

Laos is to construct two new coal-fired power plants in southern Laos with the aim of selling more electricity to Cambodia.Vientiane Times reports that the construction of two coal-fired power plants is to commence at the end of this year in Xekong Province.The two plants are to ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?

The Lao government’s high-risk plan to install a massive dam on the Mekong River, perilously close to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, shows a disregard for its legal obligations to protect the renowned site, according to conservation experts.Keep reading  ...

Tom Fawthrop

Troubled Waters: Is Conflict Over The Mekong Inevitable?

Policy leaders, academics, international organizations, NGOs, and media have all warned that tensions between nation-states sharing watercourses would be the source of inevitable conflict in the 21st century.Dr. Anoulak and Germany’s Dr. Susanne Schmeier, an associate professor at IHE Delft who co-edits the book, who ...

Francis Savankham

Vietnam to buy more electricity from Laos amid projected energy shortage

Vietnam is keen to import more electricity from Laos to address its projected energy shortages, according to a senior official.Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Daovong Phonekeo told Vientiane Times on Wednesday that Vietnam is purchasing electricity from energy plants built by Lao and Vietnamese investors.“From ...

Times Reporters

Collapsed dam rebuilt 2 years after catastrophic flood

Vientiane Time – Attapeu province: The Xe-PianXe-Namnoy hydropower project in Attapeu province has rebuilt a saddle dam at the reservoir after the previous one collapsed two years ago, causing a devastating flood.Project officials told visiting reporters on Wednesday that a new dam had been built ...

Khonesavanh Latsaphao

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