Electricity production

Hydropower dams

Salween, People, War and Silence

Rewinding to 2005, there were attempts by the Thai and Myanmar governments to build 6 dams across the Salween River. One of these is the Hatgyi Dam, in which the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is interested in co-investment, located 47 km from Sop ...

Govt urged to tax Mekong development projects

Local communities along the Mekong River are asking the government to establish a fund, made up of collected tax revenues from development projects on the waterway, to compensate villagers affected by them.“This fund [should] not be a corporate social responsibility scheme,” said Ormbun Thipsuna, president ...

Study shows Mekong droughts drive up carbon emissions, energy costs as dams go dry

New research shows hydropower in the Mekong region will become far less sustainable as droughts force countries to rely on coal and gas power plants, driving up carbon emissions and electricity costs. The findings present a problem for Mekong countries’ dam building plans, as hydropower ...

Mekong needs tough govt stance

On Feb 8, Charge d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy Yang Xin paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in which they exchanged Chinese New Year’s wishes, looking ahead for warmer relations and closer cooperation.One topic was missing from their friendly talks: the fluctuating water ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thai court rejects appeal over Lao dam

Environmental activists are concerned about the impact of a proposed Mekong River dam in Laos after a Thai court refused to hear an appeal over the case.The huge Pak Beng Dam project is among 11 proposed mainstream dams that are part of Laos’ economic plan ...

China Dams Continue to Hinder Water Flow on the Mekong River

China’s water relations with Thailand and the other lower Mekong countries are once again under strain after Beijing held up the Mekong River’s flow at one of its large dams upstream, precipitating a sudden drop in volume for downstream countries that share the region’s longest ...

Mekong River levels 'slightly' rise amid conflicting regional data

The inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Monday that levels on the vital waterway have “slightly” increased and it would look into why its outflow data from Chinese dams upstream differed from data later given by Beijing.Whether or not China’s 11 dams are harming ...

Thailand NGO seeks halt to Mekong dam project in Laos, as threat to Asean's most vital waterway grows

A civic group in Thailand is petitioning the country’s financial institutions to withhold construction loans for the Luang Prabang dam project along the Mekong River in Laos amid warnings about the negative environmental risks the dams pose and the potential for the displacement of families ...

Dams upstream slowly killing the mighty Mekong

The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) on Tuesday released satellite images showing a drastic drop in the water level of Mekong River this Sunday compared to images captured on January 3.“The water level of Mekong River has dropped considerably in the past month,” ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand Rejects New Technical Report on Large-Scale Lao Mekong Mainstream Dam

Thailand has rejected a new technical report on Laos’ Sanakham dam project, one of nine large-scale Mekong River mainstream dams integral to Vientiane’s controversial economic strategy of becoming the “Battery of Southeast Asia.”The 684-megawatt Sanakham dam is one of seven future dams in various stages ...

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