Cambodian Official: No New Dams Planned for Mekong Mainstream Before 2030

A Ministry of Energy official said Tuesday that Cambodia will not develop new mainstream hydropower projects on the Mekong River for the next 10 years.

Villagers and fishing communities along the Mekong River long have been in the dark over whether proposed dams, including the massive 2,600 megawatt Sambor Dam in Kratie province, would proceed as planned and compound challenges already faced by communities and tens of thousands of Cambodians along the river.

Victor Jona, a spokesman of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said the new master plan for Cambodia’s energy needs included no planned dam construction along mainstream Mekong River for the next decade.

“Between 2020 to 2030, we will not develop any dams on the Mekong mainstream,” he told VOA Khmer on Tuesday, declining to share the new masterplan.

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