Dams Built by China

Chinese Dam Builders

Over the past five years, the appetite for large hydropower projects by South-east Asian and African countries has increased significantly and created an opportunity for Chinese companies, supported by Chinese government loans to become involved in international dam building. China's state owned Sinohydro Corporation estimated to have as much as a 50 per cent share of the international market.

Sinohydro Response to Civil Society Letter

Sinohydro response to civil society letter
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
On April 29, 2009, Sinohydro responded to the international civil society letter of February 2009.

Chinese Dams in Africa

The Zambezi River in Mozambique
Chinese corporations, financial institutions, and the government are involved in billions of dollars worth of large dams in Africa. Civil society and dam-affected peoples’ movements are concerned that China’s own poor record on protecting human rights and the environment could mean trouble for African rivers now targeted for Chinese dam companies.

Sinohydro Projects Overseas

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
This spreadsheet, downloadable below, contains 203 dam projects the Sinohydro Corporation is involved in outside of China. For some of the projects, only a memorandum of understanding has been signed. Others are currently being studied regarding their feasibility or are under construction. Yet others have already been completed. The spreadsheet is based on media reports, and the sources of information are indicated. In some cases, we have double-checked the information, but we are not able to do this comprehensively, and cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information. Please be aware that n

China in Burma: Increasing Investment of Chinese MNC's in Burma's Hydropower, Oil & Natural Gas, and Mining Sectors

Published by EarthRights International, this survey reveals a rapidly increasing number of Chinese multinational companies (MNCs) involved in hydropower, oil and natural gas, and mining projects in Burma. The report identifies that at least 45 Chinese companies have been involved in approximately 63 hydropower projects in Burma. The report raises concerns about the lack of public information about these projects as well as the potential social and environmental impacts given the current situation in Burma. Read the full report here.

Upper Trishuli 3A and 3B

Two hydropower projects are being built on the upper Trishuli River in Nepal, planned by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and funded entirely by China Exim Bank. Increased industrial activity, runoff, overfishing, and the construction of large hydropower projects has led the IUCN to declare that over 20% of Nepal's freshwater fish species are threatened or endangered. The Upper Trishuli 3A and 3B hydropower projects will block fish migration and further impact these imperiled freshwater fisheries. A powerhouse and access road to the 66 MW Trishuli A is already completed, and a diversion

Neelum-Jhelum Dam

Neelum-Jhelum dam location
The Neelum Valley in Kashmir made history on October 2005 when a deadly 7.6 earthquake hit the highly contested Pakistan-Indian border region. Now both India and Pakistan want to build a dam on the Neelum River, which runs through both countries. Authorities believe the river can provide badly needed energy and irrigation to one side of the border or the other, but not both. Pakistan's proposed project, the 969-MW Neelum-Jhelum Dam, is by far the larger of the two proposed dams and is already underway, with help from Chinese dam builders and financiers. In December 19, 2007, China's Gezhouba G

Nam Tha 1

Nam Tha 1: A Khmu community on the banks of the Nam Tha in Luang Namtha Province
Nam Tha 1: A Khmu community on the banks of the Nam Tha in Luang Namtha Province David J.H. Blake The Nam Tha 1 Hydropower Project is located in the mountainous northwest corner of Laos. Nam Tha 1 would require the resettlement of nearly 8,000 mostly indigenous people. It would also impact downstream communities along the Nam Tha River and the mainstream Mekong. While a contractor for the state-owned Guangxi Electric Power Industry Investigation Design and Research Institute (GXED) conducted an EIA and SIA for the project, according to a new report, the assessments were rushed and underestima

Diamer-Bhasha Dam

The logo of Pakistans Water and Power Development Authority, WAPDA
The Diamer-Bhasha Dam on the Indus River in northern Pakistan comes with an astounding price tag of over US$8.5 billion. The 200-square-kilometer reservoir would flood 100 kilometers of the Karakoram highway, and the villages and farms of over 35,000 people would disappear. Tens of thousands of thousand-year old rock carvings would vanish. Diamer-Bhasha is a costly project that would only benefit industries and wealthy Pakistanis.

Sambor Dam

From the flooded forests of the Tonle Sap Lake to the banks of the mighty Mekong River, fishing has always been central to the peoples’ way of life in Cambodia. Yet, a threat now looms large to these rich fisheries and the communities that depend on them. If built, the Sambor Dam would block major fish migrations between Southern Laos and Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, destroy critical deep pool fish habitats, and interrupt the river’s hydrological, sediment and nutrient cycles, impacting the river’s wider ecology.


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