Energy

Cambodian mega dam’s resurrection on the Mekong ‘the beginning of the end’

A long-dormant plan to build a mega dam on the mainstream of the Mekong River in Cambodia’s northeastern Stung Treng province appears to have been revived this year, leaving locals immediately downstream of the potential sites worried and experts confounded. First studied in 2007, the 1,400-megawatt ...

Gerald Flynn, Nehru Pry

Ministry proposes importing electricity from Laos

Electricity imports from Laos should be taken into account due to a possible power shortage in northern Vietnam from 2022 to 2025, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has written to the Prime Minister proposing a plan to ...

The Saigon Times

In the Mekong Basin, an ‘unnecessary’ dam poses an outsized threat

“I remember seeing a buffalo, its head tied to a floating barrel, drifting down the river,” says Pheng Sisuwath, gesturing to the Sekong River from his stilt house in Cambodia’s northeastern province of Stung Treng. That was four years ago, when one of the auxiliary dams ...

Gerald Flynn, Nehru Pry

Minebea Cambodia announces $45M, 50MW solar farm

Japanese-owned electronics manufacturer Minebea (Cambodia) Co Ltd has unveiled plans for a $45 million 50MW solar farm to power its production and feed into the national grid, in support of eco-friendly, renewable energy source development. Minebea Cambodia operates a single factory in the Kingdom, in the ...

Hom Phanet

Việt Nam needs laws for sustainable energy development

The absence of laws on energy and in particular renewable energy is causing an imbalance between the stages of production, transmission and consumption of coal-fired power, solar power, and wind power in Việt Nam. Experts mentioned this shortcoming at a recent event within the framework of ...

VNS

Overall Mekong River flow patterns do not change–report finding

Two hydropower projects along Southeast Asia’s most important river have had measurable, but moderate, impact on water flow, sediment and fisheries, according to preliminary findings of a report by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) released last week. With roughly one year of monitoring data, the MRC ...

Vientiane Times/Asia News Network

Thai court throws out decade-long legal fight over Laos dam

A top Thai court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to halt purchases of electricity by the country from a hydropower dam in neighbouring Laos over environmental concerns, bringing an end to a decade-long legal battle. The case brought by 37 villagers from eight provinces along ...

Reuters

Myanmar’s electricity woes fueling mangrove deforestation in Arakan State

Deforestation of mangroves has increased in Arakan State as a result of power cuts, according to local mangrove conservationists. Since late last year, Myanmar has experienced frequent blackouts, which worsened in February and continued into the monsoon season despite the fact that hydropower is the country’s ...

Development Media Group

Cambodia’s small-scale hydropower offers potential and risk

The stiff, rusted grate forming a metal ramp scraped its stone anchor and bent under Lounh Samnang’s weight as he clambered onto the small-scale dam he operates and maintains. Water rushed from the reservoir and gurgled through the dam’s turbine before flowing down O’Porng Morn Kraom, a ...

ANTON L. DELGADO AND NASA DIP

‘Hungry river’ phenomenon to blame for severe erosion of Mekong River banks in Laos

Upstream dams and sand mining have caused significant erosion along the Mekong River in western Laos, according to experts, devastating riparian communities in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation with high waters and powerful currents. But residents of those communities say they believe that other issues are to ...

RFA Lao; Translated by Max Avary for RFA Lao. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

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