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Vietnam, Dagestan reach oil and gas exploitation agreement

Vietnam is willing to pour up to 300 million USD into an oil and gas exploitation project in the Caspian Sea of the Republic of Dagestan within the Russian Federation, said Dagestan’s Government Office on 18 August. Keep reading ...

Cambodia well suited for solar, though use remains low

Cambodia has a high degree of solar radiation, making the country a good place for the renewable energy source, a report from the Asian Development Bank says. However, the number of places using it remains very low. There are potentially 134,500 square kilometers suitable to photovoltaic ...

Coal-caked home shows danger of Vietnam’s cheap power

After Quang Ninh province’s worst torrential rains in four decades, residents still face lingering danger. Toxic run-off from an open-pit coal mine left a trail of contamination, from local streams to the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose islets attract more than 1 ...

Vietnamese plea to Thailand: Don't divert the Mekong

People in Vietnam hope Thailand will reconsider its plan to divert water from the Mekong, because it would seriously affect their ability to produce food. The Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s most important agricultural area. Each year, the area produces the most rice and fruit in the country. This region ...

Vietnam competitive wholesale power market to launch officially by 2019

Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has issued Decision 8266 approving a detailed design for the competitive electricity wholesale market. Keep reading ...

As Myanmar elections draw near, fate of Myitsone dam remains uncertain

Thein Sein announced in September 2011 that the construction of the Myitsone Dam would be suspended “for the duration of our government,” a move that will be remembered as one of the key moments of his presidency. However, with the general-turned-politician’s term of office to conclude ...

Laos gets plugged in

Laos is not exactly a heavy hitter in Southeast Asian energy production. Each year, the country produces approximately 8.2 billion kWh of electricity, less than one-tenth the generation capacity enjoyed by Vietnam and other neighbors. But this country of 6.77 million is nonetheless taking on strategic importance as ...

Krabi EIA on hold for clean tech study

The tripartite panel considering the fate of the coal-fired power plant proposed for Krabi must reach a conclusion before the project’s environment and health impact assessment is considered, says the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (Onep). Raweewan Bhuridej, Onep’s acting secretary-general, yesterday ...

Thailand's IEA signs deal for largest ASEAN wind farm in south Laos

Thai renewable company Impact Energy Asia (IEA) plans to build the largest wind farm in ASEAN – and generate 600 megawatts on 400,000 rai in southern Laos – under an agreement signed by the Lao government and the company on 7 August. “Called Monsoon Wind Farm, the US$1.5 ...

Sagaing village’s electric ambitions drown in flooding

Sagaing Region’s flooding has quenched villagers’ dreams of electric power.  The heavy rains and rising rivers have drowned at least 10 people, broken down bridges and dams, stranded road and rail passengers, driven hundreds from their homes and swept away entire villages. In addition, they have ...

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