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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

Save the Mekong Coalition Urges Cancellation of Laos’ Proposed Fifth Large Mekong River Dam

A coalition of NGOs called for the cancellation of a project to build what would be Laos’ fifth large Mekong river dam Tuesday, citing the disastrous effects that existing dams have had on the region’s ability to cope with environmental crises.The planned Luang Prabang Dam ...

Eugene Whong

Second phase of Nam Ou dam cascade to be operational by year’s end

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The second phase of the Nam Ou Hydropower project, comprising dams no. 1, 3, 4 and 7, is expected to be operational by the end of this year.A project steering committee, involving central and local sectors and project developers, met in ...

News Desk

Laos' Luang Prabang dam reaches key development stage

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Luang Prabang hydropower project has reached another key development stage after the government asked the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to host the prior consultation on the project.The government authorised the Vietnam Petro Power Corporation to build the Luang Prabang hydro ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Mekong River Commission Defends Seven-Week Silence on Lao Dam Project Submission

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Wednesday defended its decision to wait nearly seven weeks before officially notifying the public that Laos began a preliminary procedure for the construction of a large dam that would be its fifth on the Mekong river.The Lao government informed the ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Thai NGOs Speak Out Against Proposed Dam in Laos

A new dam planned for construction on the Mekong River in Laos is causing great concern for environmental NGOs from Thailand, who say Laos’ fifth big dam on the river will have adverse effects on fish and people in the region.The Luangprabang hydropower project would ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Kingdom okays 2,400MW power purchase from Laos

A cabinet meeting on Wednesday decided that the government will purchase 2,400MW of electricity from Laos.A briefing document uploaded by government spokesman Phay Siphan to his Facebook page confirmed this.It said Cambodia will buy exclusive power from two coal-fired power plants in Laos – TSBP ...

Thou Vireak

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