(August 20, 2001) Son La hydro-electric dam, Vietnam’s largest infrastructure project, is expected to flood much of the remote northwest province, amid concerns over safety, debate on the necessity of the dam, and displacement of 100,000 people.
One more hydroelectric plant in the offing
(July 30, 2001) The Government has endorsed a project to build an hydro-electric power plant with an investment capital of VND3,953 billion, 20 kilometers downstream of the Yaly Hydroelectric Power Plant in the Central Highlands. The 273-MW Se San 3 Plant is anticipated to be completed by 2007 and generate 1,127 million kWh per annum, Lao Dong reports.
Villagers get say in new project inspection panel
(July 13, 2001) ADB said its board of directors had authorised an independent inspection following complaints alleging that the ADB failed to comply with its own policies, and that the oversight could harm Klong Dan residents.
ADB authorizes independent inspection of Samut Prakarn Wastewater Treatment project
(July 10, 2001) The Asian Development Bank’s Board of Directors authorized an independent panel of outside experts to inspect the Samut Prakarn Wastewater Management Project in Thailand.
Son La headaches begin
(July 2, 2001) Cost, flooding, relocation, environment, and security are likely just the tip of the iceberg of the delays and worries surrounding what will be Southeast Asia’s largest hydro power plant, Son La, if it actually goes forward.
River borders opened to commerce
(June 28, 2001) Four Mekong nations have approved commercial navigation on the Lancang-Mekong river, to promote trade and tourism in the region.
China to help fund dredging of Mekong River in Laos and Myanmar
(June 28, 2001) A 331-kilometre (205-mile) stretch of the Mekong River running through Laos and Myanmar will be dredged under a project co-funded by China.
Independent Review Team of Klong Dan project in conflict
(June 19, 2001) Local people say independent experts misleading.
Villagers hail return of fish as gates re-opened
(June 17, 2001) Villagers celebrate the opening of sluice gates at Pak Moon dam after a long delay. Pak Moon villagers won permission from the government to open all eight sluice gates for four months to gauge environmental impact from the free flow of the river.
Huge hydro-plant to go ahead despite fears
(June 12, 2001) Vietnamese governing politburo has given the green light to what might become Southeast Asia’s largest hydro power project, amid human rights concerns over forced relocation of 100,000 people.
Row delays Laos hydroelectric dam at least a year
(June 8, 2001) Delayed: NT2 won’t be ready until at least December 2007.
PRESS RELEASE: Government secrecy threatens Canadian democracy, puts Third World lives at risk
(June 6, 2001) Power to cover-up dooms Canadian agencies to repeat mistakes, says Probe International to Federal Task Force.
Hydro Electric Plans Blasted by Funding Drought
(June 4, 2001) Burma’s national power company will hold off on raising electricity rates because of inflationary fears, its deputy chief engineer told the Myanmar Times in an interview published in the June 4 edition of the English-language weekly.
Sluice gates will be opened, PM promises
(May 26, 2001) Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday promised that all sluice gates at Pak Moon dam would be opened in a few days.
Neighbours ‘face harm from Chinese dam project’
(May 7, 2001) A swathe of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand is threatened by up to a dozen dams being built on the Mekong River in China’s Yunnan province, according to a report commissioned by the Asian Development Bank.