(October 10, 2008) Vietnamese economists and industrial power consumers have criticized Electricity of Vietnam, the only electricity provider in Vietnam, for its unannounced power cuts, which have caused heavy losses for businesses and disrupted people’s lives, Vietnam News Agency reports.
(March 27, 2008) Read a letter sent to the Chief Executive Officer of the Mekong River Commission in November, 2007 from more than 200 civil and environmental groups from 30 countries, including Probe International, calling on the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to block the planned construction of six dams on the Mekong river.
(October 6, 2008) In a recent online consultation with Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry on boosting the country’s exports, the Chairman of Vietnam’s leather and footwear association, Nguyen Duc Thuan, said the power sector often cut off electricity, damaging production at the country’s leather- and shoe-making enterprises.
(September 29, 2008) Vietnamese officials voice concerns about planned hydropower development on the lower Mekong at a conference held in Vientiane last week. Millions of Vietnamese who rely on fishing and farming in the Mekong delta could be negatively affected.
(September 26, 2008) As a three-day meeting of the Mekong River Commission focusing on hydropower development started Thursday in Vientiane, a regional alliance of NGOs blasted the commission for failing to publicize critical information on the Mekong dams.
(September 24, 2008) Thai People’s Network for Mekong & The Rivers Coalition in Cambodia.
(September 24, 2008) Extensive hydropower development continues to threaten the ecological integrity of the Mekong River Basin almost a year after 201 organizations and individuals from 30 countries called on the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to sound the alarm on the serious consequence of hydropower dam development on the lower Mekong River.
(September 17, 2008) In June of this year, the World Bank-financed and French-led Nam Theun 2 Electricity Consortium began filling the Nam Theun 2 reservoir in central Laos despite its failure to produce feasible plans and the necessary budget for restoring displaced people’s livelihoods, Shannon Lawrence of US-based International Rivers reports.
(September 16, 2008) A possible increase in the price of electricity from Laos forces Thailand to consider seeking alternative electricity sources.
(August 23, 2008) Senators and environmentalists suspect irregularities involving the planned construction of the 120-billion-baht hydro-power dam on the Mekong river being pushed by the Samak Sundaravej administration.
(August 23, 2008) As Mekong River floodwaters in Laos and Thailand recede, indignation with China for its lack of transparency on upstream dam developments is on the rise. China has recently pursued a friendly policy of economic integration with Southeast Asian neighbors but in relation to Mekong River development it has taken what many see as a covetous and less than neighborly approach.
(August 21, 2008) Thai villagers affected by Mekong floodwaters demand information on China’s dam operations upstream.
(August 14, 2008) Xekaman 3 construction costs rise.
(August 14, 2008) Government Gives Green Light to Study on 2 Hydropower Dams.
(August 12, 2008) The value of energy imported by Électricité du Laos (EDL) from neighbouring countries will increase by 27 billion kip this year.