(June 9, 2000) An advocate of non-violence yesterday defended the occupation of the Pak Mool dam power plant by villagers as a peaceful protest.
Pak Mool cost more than it’s worth
(June 9, 2000) EARLIER this year, the World Commission on Dams (WCD) published its performance review of Thailand’s most controversial hydro scheme, the World Bank-financed Pak Mool dam, confirming what observers have long suspected: The project is an economic failure and a growing financial liability to Thailand’s electricity ratepayers.
GMS to sign Yunnan pact
(June 6, 2000) GMS Power will sign an agreement with China’s Yunnan electricity bureau for a hydro-electric project worth US$2 billion.
Premier’s visit a good thing for Laos
(June 3, 2000) The Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of electricity from Nam Theun 2 … followed years of wrangling during which Laos understandably tried to secure the highest possible price for what will become the country’s main foreign exchanger earner
Economist challenges Egat figures
(June 2, 2000) Decommissioning the Pak Moon dam would have a trivial impact on electricity prices, a Kasetsart University lecturer said yesterday.
Benefit cost analysis of decommissioning the Pak Mun Dam
(June 1, 2000) The Pak Mun Dam has emerged as a critical challenge to the assumed premium of dam development over preservation of an existing river ecology. This report compares the economics of continuing to operate the dam, versus the benefit of decommissioning.
Benefit/Cost Analysis of Decommissioning the Pak Mun Dam
(June 1, 2000) The Pak Mun Dam has emerged as a critical challenge to the assumed premium of dam development over preservation of an existing river ecology. It has been suggested that the Dam be decommissioned, that is, removed from active generating service, to allow the river to flow free.
Tensions ease as talks start after 14 months of protests
(May 28, 2000) No concrete agreement was reached but tension at the Pak Moon dam declined somewhat as talks between protesters and authorities took place for the first time in 14 months.
Thailand, Laos to step up war on drugs
(May 27, 2000) Thailand and Laos will set up a joint land and river patrol along their common borders to check the flow of drugs, which threatens both social well-being and security.
Electricity purchase agreement signed
(May 27, 2000) Thailand yesterday signed an agreement to buy electricity from Laos’ Nam Theun 2 dam in a move that will put five billion baht into the coffers of the cash-strapped country.
Back to drawing board for massive dam plan
(May 24, 2000) The National Assembly, often criticised as a rubber-stamp parliament, has confounded its critics by putting the brakes on a massive hydro-electric power scheme previously touted as essential to northern Vietnam’s economic growth.
Letter of concern to Thai Prime Minister from International NGOs
(May 22, 2000) NGOs express concern about plans between the Royal Thai Government and Burma’s State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to develop a dam project on the Salween River in Burma.
International NGO letter to Thailand’s Prime Minister, May 19, 2000
(May 19, 2000) We write to express our support for the members of the Assembly of the Poor who are currently occupying the crest of Pak Mun dam and the fish ladder. They are demanding that the Thai Government and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand open the dam gates to allow the fish to migrate up the Mun from the Mekong to breed as they did in former times. We wholeheartedly support the villager s efforts to recover their lost livelihood and restore the ecology of the Mun River.
It was lunacy to dam the Moon
(May 18, 2000) When villagers started their protest against the Pak Moon dam 12 years ago, few realised the power of little people’s tenacity.
The Pak Mool [Mun] dam is worse than useless
(May 15, 2000) Let’s admit it. The Pak Mool dam is one of Thailand’s worst mistakes. The hydroelectric project not only falls short of expectations on economic gains, but also generates economic losses for thousands of fishing families in the Mool river basin.