(March 28, 2002) The billion dollar Son La dam proposed for the Da River west of Hanoi has caused heated debate over safety fears and the need to relocate a large number of mainly ethnic minority people.
Thai villagers demand halt to ADB-backed Samut Prakarn Wastewater Project
(March 28, 2002) Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra from the people of Klong Dan and Song Klong subdistricts, Samut Prakarn and Chachoengsao Provinces.
Panel faults ADB loan
(March 27, 2002) A loan by Asian Development Bank (ADB) to Samut Prakarn’s Klong Dan project violates six of its own policies and procedures, says an independent panel set up by the bank.
Probe shakes bank to its roots
(March 26, 2002) Management of the Asian Development Bank stand accused of violating their own funding policies, guidelines on the environment and denying residents, affected by the wastewater scheme, access to vital information.
Three hydroelectric power plants to be build in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
(March 23, 2002) Ten major domestic corporations to take part in new projects for the construction of three key hydroelectric power plants in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.
Mekong River development may trigger conflict
(March 22, 2002) The six Southeast Asian countries that share the waters of the Mekong River risk being swept into a regional conflict if their governments ignore the flash points that have surfaced and do not coordinate actions that affect the river, experts say.
Mekong water level low due to Chinese dam
(March 16, 2002) The water level of the Mekong river has reached a record low partly because the spillways of a Chinese dam were closed to prepare for rock blasting on the banks of the river.
Mekong to get a make-over
(March 16, 2002) A plan to remove obstructing river reefs will clear the way for more trade between China, Burma, Laos and Thailand but there could be a downside, say some.
In its water, Laos sees power to cut poverty
(March 11, 2002) Nam Theun 2 dam project will divert large volumes of water from the Nam Theun river to the Xe Bang Fai river, both of which flow into the Mekong. Environmental groups say it will displace large numbers of people, disrupt fish migration and breeding.
Power for the people?
(March 1, 2002) A public debate on the future of electricity in Thailand demands more accountability and vision from the country’s power monopolies.
Towards a rights-based electricity system
(March 1, 2002) The experience in privatisation in other countries is relevant to Thailand says Uta Collier from World Wide Fund for Nature (UK) and Gráinne Ryder of Canadian nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Probe International, speakers at the 2002 People’s Perspectives conference.
Nam Thuen 2 Dam Deal Blasted as EGAT Signs Agreement
(February 28, 2002) Amid concerns about a lack of electricity demand in Thailand and environmental and social problems, Thailand’s state power agency (EGAT) signed an agreement to buy 980 megawatts of electricity from Laos’ Nam Thuen 2 dam, starting from 2006.
Specific answers needed from Egat
(February 1, 2002) Egat, again, plans to sign an agreement to buy power from the Nam Theun 2 project, putting Thai taxpayers at risk of shouldering the burden of a deal negotiated under the highly centralised decision-making framework of technocrats in state agencies.
Thailand to sign $200 mln/yr power deal with Laos
(January 28, 2002) Next month, Thailand plans to sign a preliminary contract with Laos to buy $200 million of power a year from Indochina’s largest hydroelectric dam, Nam Theun 2.
Thailand postpones power deal with Laos – minister
(January 11, 2002) Thailand postpones the signing of an agreement with neighbouring Laos to buy electricity from the Nam Theun 2 dam project in order to further study the contract.