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Laos Suspends Power Supply to Cryptocurrency Mining Businesses

Electricite du Laos (EDL) has announced that it will no longer supply electricity to cryptocurrency mining operations in Laos, citing long-term outstanding debts.The notice, issued by EDL on Wednesday, states that Laos experienced drought conditions during the first six months of 2023, with extreme heat causing ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

Laos-Vietnam railway set to open for service in 2028

The Laos-Vietnam Railway is expected to be completed and open for service in 2028. The Petroleum Trading Lao Public Company (PTL) in cooperation with Yooshin Engineering Corporation & Korea National Railway will conduct a detailed design study of the railway before construction begins. A cooperation ...

The star

Nong Khang Airport Sees its First Successful Aircraft Landing

The Nong Khang Airport has been under construction since 2013 and is built according to safety standards set by the Department of Civil Aviation (MOS 2009) and international standards (ICAO). This airport has reference code 3C (Aerodrome Code 3C) and could accommodate 70-100-seat aircraft, such ...

Phontham Visapra

Historic cross-border passenger trains travel between Vientiane and Kunming

The first train (named Lane Xang) making a direct journey from Vientiane to Kunming in China on the Laos-China railway left the Lao capital on Thursday morning. The launch of the direct cross-border service took place in Vientiane and at the Boten border checkpoint in ...

Times Reporters

Champassak bans planting of soil-degrading crops in Pakxong

A new directive issued by Champassak authorities has banned the cultivation of crops and trees that are likely to deteriorate soil quality in the coffee-rich Pakxong district, part of the Bolaven Plateau. The banned crops include cassava, large bananas (kuay hom), Jatropha, and eucalyptus.A 12-page ...

Times Reporters

Authorities Counsel Forest Fire Offenders in Vientiane

Last week, the Vientiane Province government counseled 65 locals who were caught burning forest land in Phou Phanang National Bio-Diversity Conservation Area to reeducate and raise awareness on the harmful long-term effects of illegal logging and deforestation. The group was sent to a training and ...

Phontham Visapra

Pak Lay and Luang Prabang dam Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs): Who benefits?

As media attention focused on the dissolution of the parliament to prepare for the upcoming national election, news that a Power Purchase Agreement with Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) was signed for the Pak Lay dam slipped by without making much of a ripple. ...

Pianporn Deetes

Fire in Phou Phanang Forest Contained After Nine Grueling Days

The fire, which was caused by agricultural burning in the area, had spread to 17 different villages in the Sangthong district, causing damage to an area of around 120 hectares of woodland.Around 600 people, including officials and local residents, were mobilized on 20 March to ...

Jonathan Meadley

The Last Days of Beautiful Luang Prabang: UNESCO experts insist that a huge dam would destroy the “authenticity and integrity” of the World Heritage Site in Laos.

Construction has just started on a huge dam just 25 kilometers upstream from the heritage town, and only four kilometers from the revered Buddhist shrines hidden inside the Pak Ou caves.Satellite information from the Stimson Center’s Mekong Dam Monitor proved that these warnings have been ignored, and ...

Tom Fawthrop

National Industrial Park Launched in Cooperation With Asia-Potash International

The government and SINO-AGRI International Potash Co., Ltd. (SINO-KCL) signed the MOU in Vientiane, indicating that the government-enterprise cooperation project is about to get off the ground after more than one year’s preparation. The project aims to promote industrialization, urbanization and investment in Laos while modernizing ...

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