New era of big dam building on the Mekong?

More than 50 years have passed since Australian engineers from the Snowy Hydroelectric Authority did site studies for the huge Sambor Dam on the Mekong River in Cambodia, but the mega project is now back on the drawing board.​ The Cambodian Government has signalled it will give permission for new feasibility studies on the proposed Sambor Dam–and two others nearby–to dual Australian/Cambodian citizen, Kith Meng from the Royal Group. Kith Meng is a former refugee who went to secondary school in Canberra and maintains strong ties to Australia. Despite an unofficial moratorium that’s been in place since 2010, Kith Meng’s latest business venture may signal a new era of dam-building on one of Asia’s largest rivers.

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