Request for Mainstream Dam's Environmental Impact Assessments to Lao Government

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

 Given the rapid progress of the Xayabuti Dam and Don Sahong Dam in Lao PDR, International Rivers wrote a letter to the Water Resource and Environment Administration of Lao government in order to request copies of the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports of these dam projects on June 14, 2010.

On 9 June 2010, the Vientiane Times newspaper reported that Mega First Corporation Berhad had signed a joint venture agreement with Electricite Du Laos to develop the Don Sahong hydropower project. The Mekong River Commission also reports that a full EIA for the Don Sahong Dam has been submitted to the Water Resource and Environment Administration (WREA), and additional studies have been requested. 

On 26 March 26 2010, the Nation newspaper reported that Ch Karnchang Public Co. Ltd. had signed a Project Development Agreement with the Lao government for the Xayaburi Dam. The Mekong River Commission reports that the feasibility study and full Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report have been already submitted to the WREA.

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