(January 10, 2002) For first time since the Pak Mun dam was built ten years ago, a wild Mekong Giant Catfish was caught in the Mun River. This king of fish likely migrated to the Mun River once dam’s gates were opened last year.
Power deal to be signed on Jan 17
(January 9, 2002) EGAT set to finalise controversial Nam Theun 2 dam project in Laos by signing a power-purchasing agreement with the project’s owners next week.
The story of Nam Theun 2 public consultations
(December 31, 2001) Indeed, public consultation has been honed to a science. The Bank takes it so seriously that for Nam Theun 2, it hired an evolution expert to evaluate formally the effectiveness of the Nam Theun 2 public consultations.
Master plan envisions multi-billion-dollar expansion of Vietnam’s electricity monopoly
(December 12, 2001) Vietnam Power Sector Backgrounder: Vietnam’s 10-year electricity master plan calls for massive investment in the country’s electricity monopoly by Western aid and export credit agencies.
Vietnam’s second largest hydro-electric power plant completed
(December 12, 2001) Vietnam’s Yaly hydro-electric power plant construction has just been completed. The last turbine group of the plant went into action on December 12, feeding power to the national grid.
Long march opens the gates
(November 16, 2001) For Pak Mool villagers, the decision to leave open the sluice gates of Pak Mool dam for one year was not an act of mercy by the government, but rather the fruit of their prolonged 70-day street protest.
Laos hopes to ink hydropower pact with Thai EGAT by end-Nov
(October 31, 2001) Laos hopes to sign a power purchase agreement with EGAT by end-November, for electricity sales to Thailand from the Nam Theun 2 hydropower dam.
Thailand assailed for rejecting inspection of wastewater project
(October 26, 2001) The controversy involving a foreign- funded wastewater treatment plant in Thailand heightened this week after the Thai government refused to allow an independent inspection team to review the project’s environmental and economic worth.
Pool system may force Egat to delay purchasing power
(October 5, 2001) Nam Theun 2 Project could face financial doubts.
Dam wall rises over Mekong neighbours’ objections
(October 3, 2001) As dams go, the one rising across the remote gorge in Yunnan province is not large. When it is finished in December, the 30-storey wall of concrete will hold a narrow, 88km-long reservoir that will take just five days to fill. But critics worry about the Dachaoshan dam’s location on the Mekong River, a source of food and livelihood for 60 million people downstream in Southeast Asia.
Electricity Generating signs Laos power jv agreement
(September 20, 2001) Electricity Generating Plc said it has signed a shareholder agreement for the establishment of Nam Theun 2 Power Co Ltd with Electricite de France subsidiary Electricite du Laos (EDL), EDF International (EDFI) and Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD).
Letter to Asian Development Bank President, Mr. Chino: Halt loan dispersement
(September 5, 2001) PI signs letter in solidarity, calling on ADB to halt loan disbursement for the Samut Prakarn Wastewater Management Project.
Planned Nam Theun 2 dam leads to increased logging
(September 1, 2001) The World Bank should reject the Nam Theun 2 hydropower project and begin a process of compensating villagers who have seen their forests and their livelihoods damaged as a result of the project.
Probe Alert Fall 2001
(September 1, 2001) Villagers celebrated the return of several species of fish to the Mun River this June after the gates of the Pak Mun dam were opened for a four-month trial period.
Power to the people – and more power, and more power
(August 31, 2001) The Lao government anticipates a grand celebration of its national day in December as it expects Thailand to finally sign the power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Nam Thuen 2 Dam project on that date.