Electricity production

Hydropower dams

Nam Theun 2 agrees to support Khammuan sustainable skills development

Khammuan province’s Technical-Vocational College and Nam Theun 2 Power Company Ltd have signed a new cooperation agreement on sustainable local skills development for the hydropower sector.The cooperation agreement was inked last week, after the first three-year implementation of the memorandum of understanding’s action plan on ...

Times Reporters

Lao Dam Resettlement Village Out of Water Due to Drought

More than 100 Lao families who were moved to a resettlement village four years ago to make way for construction of the Nam Tha 1 Dam hydropower project in Luang Namtha province have run out of water amid a worsening drought, local sources say.Water sources ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Laos' Nam Pha Gnai hydropower plant begins electricity generation

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Nam Pha Gnai hydropower plant in Xaysomboun province has officially begun generating electricity after construction was completed in September.An opening ceremony took place last week in Pha Noi village, Long Chaeng district, Xaysomboun province, attended by Politburo member and Head ...

News Desk

Don Sahong Hydropower Project Comes Online

The Don Sahong Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in Champasack Province has officially come online.Turbines have now entered commercial operations, according to Chinese construction contractor, Sinohydro Corp Ltd.The US 401 million hydropower project, near Khone Falls in Champasack Province, was completed 48 days ahead of schedule, ...

Jasmina Yap

Stakeholders Question Farness of MRC’s Impact Assessment for Laos’ Luangprabang Dam

Stakeholders are concerned about the legitimacy of the multinational approval process for Laos’ Luangprabang hydropower project, after recommendations to lower the environmental impact were raised, but few were accepted during a meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) last week in Vientiane.The meeting was held ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Laos promotes environmentally-friendly hydro projects

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) — The government is encouraging the building of environmentally-friendly hydropower plants to ensure green growth and sustainable poverty reduction, according to a senior government official.“The government is highly encouraged to promote environmentally-friendly and sustainable hydropower projects,” Deputy Minister of Natural Resource and ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Laos’s Controversial Xayaburi Dam on Mekong River Begins Operations

The Xayaburi dam, the first of five planned large Mekong river mainstream dams in Laos, officially began operations Tuesday, setting in motion the first major cog in the country’s ambitious but controversial plan to become the “battery of Southeast Asia.”The dam, which began construction in ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Village Fishermen Near Laos’ Don Sahong Dam Report Smaller Catches

Villagers near Don Sahong Dam, a major dam on the Mekong River in Laos, have reported smaller fish catches as it nears completion.The dam, slated to conduct its final testing phase by early next month, will be operational by the end of the year.Don Sahong ...

RFA’s Lao and Vietnamese Services

Generating tests take place at Don Sahong dam

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Tests were run last week on the first of four electricity generators at the Don Sahong hydropower plant on the Mekong River in Champassak province, after construction began in January 2016.“According to the plan, the Don Sahong Power Company will test ...

News Desk

Xayaboury dam to begin commercial operation next month

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Xayaboury hydropower plant on the Mekong River has scheduled a Commercial Operation Date (COD) for next month, with construction of the dam close to completion.An official opening ceremony for the COD is expected to take place on November 28, and ...

News Desk

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