Electricity production

Hydropower dams

Vietnamese environment group voices concerns over Mekong dam

An environmental watchdog based in Vietnam is asking the Laos government to reconsider the construction of a controversial hydropower plant along the Mekong River. The non-governmental organisation Vietnam River Network issued a press release on 18 September stating that the Don Sahong project, the second largest ...

Floods wreak havoc in Kampot

Residents of Kampot province continued to feel the devastating effects of widespread flooding in the area caused by the opening of the Kamchay Hydropower Dam, which has left thousands temporarily homeless and crippled local businesses. Keo Vy, spokesman of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said ...

Hundreds flee homes after dam gates opened

More than 500 homes were flooded in Kampot province’s Toek Chhou district on 16 September morning after the gates of the Kamchay Hydropower Dam were opened, according to officials, with the chiefs of two of three affected communes saying they were given little or no advance ...

Mega First shares jump 9.22% on news of Laos power plant

Shares in Mega First Corp Bhd soared 19 sen or 9.22% to as high as RM2.25 on 17 September on news that it has secured a power plant project in Laos worth RM2.15 billion. At 2.53pm, Mega First narrowed its gains to trade at RM2.22, still up 16 ...

Mekong river ecosystem at risk over dam construction in Laos

The construction of a dam in Laos is endangering the ecosystem of the Mekong river, one of the world’s largest rivers running a length of 5,000 km (3,107 miles) and a source of life and livelihood for millions living along its banks. The dam threatens the ...

Mega First gets hydropower concession in Laos

Power and quarry player Mega First Corp Bhd said an 80%-owned unit has secured a 25-year hydropower concession in Laos. The 260MW run-of-river project will cost the firm about US$500mil (RM2.15bil) and the company planned to fund it using internally generated funds and long-term debt. Keep reading ...

Flooding from dam washes out homes, rice fields in southern Cambodia

Local government officials in a southern Cambodian province failed to evacuate villagers in time to prevent their homes and rice fields from flooding after the operators of a Chinese-built hydropower dam informed them a day earlier that they would open the facility’s gates to release ...

Dam threat to Mekong River’s last few dolphins

The fate of the last surviving Irrawaddy river dolphins on the Laos-Cambodian border hangs in the balance after a Laos government official was reported as saying this week that construction of the dam would begin by the end of the year.Keep reading ...

NGOs, Cambodia voice alarm at Lao decision to proceed with Don Sahong Dam

Cambodian officials vowed on 11 September to prevent neighbor Laos from going ahead with construction of the controversial Don Sahong dam without approval from fellow Mekong River basin countries that would be affected by the project. The Phnom Penh officials, as well as local and international non-governmental ...

Environment experts discuss dam dangers

Thirty-five experts from environmental organisations in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam gathered on 8 September to discuss water management and the effects of hydropower dams. They participated in a one-day seminar held in Vietnam’s Dong Thap Province in the Mekong Delta and discussed the impacts that dams ...

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