Category: Mekong Utility Watch

Vietnam will suffer electricity shortages until monopoly removed, says energy industry leader

(March 20, 2008) We need to create a real electricity market and remove the monopoly," Vietnam Energy Association Chairman, Tran Viet Ngai, said earlier this year in response to the country’s chronic power shortages. "The biggest problem right now is Electricity of Vietnam controls all the generation, distribution and investment."

Lao dam impact policies a ‘shambles’

(December 13, 2007) A report by the Nam Theun 2 Power Company’s panel of international experts warns of “significant impoverishment” in hundreds of villages affected by the World Bank’s model dam project, and says more donor aid is needed. Probe International’s Grainne Ryder argues instead that revenues from the Nam Theun 2 dam should go directly to villagers suffering losses caused by the dam’s operations.