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  • China Mekong Dam Project Generates Growing Controversy

    09/19/2015

    China has the greatest number of dams in the world, though its plan to construct a dam on the cross-border Mekong River is increasingly creating controversy. In 2011, the government in Burma, also known as Myanmar, halted the two countries’ joint Myitsone dam project after protests at home. U.S. based experts think more transparency from China can help ease the disputes. Colin Lovett narrates this report

  • Mekong Governments, Civil Society Reach Agreement on Environmental Impact Assessment Agenda

    09/19/2015

    In a ground-breaking agreement, government officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region established a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), and will expand to […]

  • Mong Ton Dam, Myanmar

    EGAT and China reach for top with region’s tallest dam

    09/17/2015

    A deep gorge near Mong Ton Township on the Salween River in Myanmar has long been sought after by engineers from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. It can accommodate Southeast Asia’s tallest dam and deliver the equivalent of 25 per cent of Thailand’s current electricity consumption.

  • Hat Gyi Dam

    Thailand harnessing the Salween River

    09/17/2015

    About 130 km from the Salween River’s mouth is a site longtime identified as the final location suitable for hydropower development on what remains one of Asia’s longest un-dammed rivers.

  • Inn Din Coal Power Plant

    Toyo-Thai Pursues Myanmar Coal Plant

    09/17/2015

    In April, Thailand-based Toyo-Thai Corporation PCL signed a memorandum of agreement with the Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity to construct a 1,280 megawatt coal-fired power plant near the coastal village of Inn Din in Mon State. One month later 5,000 people staged a protest near the seaside Inn Din project site in Ye Township. Public opposition has been mounting since the project was first announced last year.

  • Coal power projects to be delayed

    09/15/2015

    A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 11 coal-fired power plants was signed between the Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) and local and international private companies in 2010, and other new coal power projects are also in the planning stage.

  • Second Lao Dam for Thai Consumers

    09/08/2015

    Nam Ngiep 1 dam is the second major Lao hydropower project conceived for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). EGAT’s first, Nam Thuen 2 has been riddled with social and environmental problems, and Nam Ngiep 1 is shaping up no differently.

  • Seaside Coal Power in Myanmar

    09/08/2015

    With a population of just over 200,000, Myeik is home to mostly fishermen and rubber and coconut plantation workers. The area, however, is not on Myanmar’s national power grid, a key motivation for the project.

  • Thai Industry Pushes into Myanmar

    09/08/2015

    It’s unprecedented: the largest industrial estate and deep sea port complex conceived in Southeast Asia. It’s controversial: trampling pristine shorelines; felling valuable forests and orchards; paving highways through remote mountain passes and uprooting ethnic minorities all along the way.

  • Dawei LNG for Shell

    09/06/2015

    The firm has signed a Joint Development Agreement with Thai companies Italian-Thai Development and LNG Plus International in Bangkok on August 19 to cooperate on developing the terminal. It will consist primarily of an LNG receiving and re-gasification terminal at Dawei special economic zone.

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