Construction forges ahead at Xayaburi Dam project

Bangkok PostJuly 22, 2012Construction work is still under way at the controversial Xayaburi Dam site _ including a dyke straddling the Mekong River _ despite claims by the Lao government that the work is only preliminary and promises that the project will proceed only with the approval of regional neighbors.The Bangkok Post Sunday sent a team to visit the site earlier this month at the same time Read More…

Laos announces postponing Xayaburin Dam project

Scand AsiaJuly 17, 2012 Laos has officially confirmed that the controversial Xayaburin dam project has been suspended. A Finnish-funded study for the suspension of the project was recommended in the past and finally, after the recent visit of the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on Friday, 13 July 2012, called for further clarification involving the dam. Finland has participated in Read More…

Fishermen plea to end construction of Xayaburi Dam

Construction DigitalBy Tara JohnsonJuly 17, 2012Despite last week’s report of suspended construction on the Xayaburi dam, Laos government officials continue to allow “preparatory work” on the controversial project.Led by Thai construction company Ch. Karnchang, the $3.5 billion hydropower dam would be the first to cross the lower Mekong River. Thailand would use about 95 percent of the Read More…

Consultants say Lao dam’s redesign will protect environment

The NationJuly 17, 2012A redesign of the much-criticised Xayaburi damon the Mekong River will ensure the project has no negative impact on the environment, foreign consultants told a delegation Tuesday.A Bangkok-based environmentalist group insisted that the technology involved had never been tested on a South-East Asian river. The 3.5-billion-dollar project in northern Laos will be the Read More…

Laos’ work on the Mekong river draws criticism

BBC NewsBy Jonah FisherJuly 3, 2012In a dusty gorge deep in landlocked Laos, work is underway on a project that could change South-East Asia forever.Despite the protests of countries downstream and the warnings of scientists, a construction company has begun building the first dam across the lower reaches of one of the world's great rivers. Officially the Lao government says it has not decided Read More…

Cambodian villagers protest controversial Laos dam

ReutersBy Prak Chan ThulJune 29, 2012Cambodian villagers demonstrated on Friday against a controversial Lao hydropower dam that activists say is being built in defiance of an agreement to assess its potentially damaging impact on millions of people first.About 200 villagers whose livelihoods depend on the Mekong River urged a halt to the Thai-led construction of the $3.5 billion Xayaburi dam, Read More…

Xayaburi Dam construction defies moratorium

The Asia SentinelJune 29, 2012Despite the opposition of three governments and an array of environmentalists and public service groups from across the planet, the Xayaburi Dam, deep inside the mountains of northern Laos on the lower Mekong River, appears to be almost unstoppable. The Thai energy company Ch. Karnchang is said to be pressing ahead with the dam, to be built to supply electricity to Read More…

Reports about further environmental damage along the Mekong River

Travel Daily NewsBy Luc CitrinotJune 29, 2012NGO International Rivers reported in its yesterday edition that controversial construction work goes unabated along the Mekong River with possible irremediable damage for the environment and the ecosystem. And this time the blame is put on Thailand and not on China. The latter is already in the midst of polemics due to a dam construction in the Upper Read More…

Xayaburi Construction Moves Ahead

Radio Free AsiaJune 27, 2012 Work on the Mekong dam in northern Laos has gone beyond preliminary preparations, an environmental group says. An international NGO has said construction on Laos’s controversial Xayaburi hydropower dam is moving ahead despite promises to suspend the project following uproar from neighboring countries and environmental groups. Construction and resettlement Read More…

Laos optimistic on Xayaburi despite stumbling blocks

Bangkok PostBy Nareerat WiriyapongJune 21, 2012The Lao government remains optimistic the construction of the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River can begin at the end of this year's rainy season and be completed by 2020.Xaypaseuth Phomsoupha, the director-general of Laos's Energy and Mines Ministry, said two separate reports from independent consultants found the US$3.8-billion project Read More…