Laos Needs Improved Hydropower Safety Legislation: Energy Minister

Lao Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr. Daovong Phonekeo, says enacting a specific law to ensure dam safety is a vital part of the country’s efforts to achieve sustainable energy development.

Minister Daovong told the National Assembly on Thursday that while there are regulations and standards controlling the construction and operation of hydropower facilities, there is no law that expressly addresses safety measures.

“The lack of a law in relation to dam safety management hinders the standardized inspection of dams to prevent accidents,” he was quoted as saying by Vientiane Times.

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