Norway's Statkraft is Claimed by FIVAS to Have Ruined Rivers in Laos

Kittisak Siripornpitak
Monday, January 7, 2008

Article from Scandasia

A Norwegian advocacy group, FIVAS, made a report claiming that the
Theun-Hinboun Hydropower Project co-owned by the Lao government, a
Thai company and Statkraft, Norway's state-owned power utility which
holds a minority shareholding of 20% in Lao's Theun Hinboun Power, has
ruined the ecology of two rivers in Laos.

Published on December 6, 2007 the FIVAS's report claims that the Theun-
Hinboun Hydropower Project has caused major flooding along the Hai and
Hinboun Rivers due to water releases from the project which leads to a
reduction in fish and other aquatic resources. Statkraft and the Theun-
Hinboun Power Company are proposing an expansion of this project.

"It's outrageous that Statkraft, which is owned by one of the richest
countries in the world, is making profits at the expense of some of
Southeast Asia's poorest people," said Mr. Andrew Preston, Director of

Statkraft has responded to the FIVAS's report saying that it contains
many excellent suggestions which are mostly out of date and based on
old report rather than the new environmental impact assessment and
many of the problems mentioned in the review have already been
discussed in the assessment and have been addressed in the remedial
measures plan.

"The objective is that the local inhabitants should be in a better
position after the project has been completed," said Knut
Fjerdingstad, Statkraft's Spokesperson.

"Statkraft believes that we can make this into an example for other
projects relating to the sustainable generation of clean energy in a
region where there is great need for growth and development," he