Mega First unit secures RM634m loan for Laos hydro power project.

Mega First unit secures RM634m loan for Laos hydro power project.

Mega First Corporation Bhd has secured  loan facilities totalling US$150mil or RM634.87mil to part finance the building of its Don Sahong hydropower project in Laos. It said on Tuesday its unit Mega First Investments (L) Ltd had entered into facility agreements with various financial institutions for club deal facilities totalling US$150mil comprising – term loan facilities […]

Laos aims to use its hydro potential to graduate to a middle-income country.

Laos aims to use its hydro potential to graduate to a middle-income country.

Speaking at the official opening of the Xenamnoy 2-Xekatam 1 hydropower plant in Champasak province, Laos, Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath said the landlocked country has progressed rapidly in producing electricity, which it now supplies to local communities as well as Thailand and other Asian countries. Under the country’s development plan 2016-2020, […]

Six Vietnamese workers dead in Lao blast.

Six Vietnamese workers dead in Lao blast.

Six Vietnamese workers were killed when an oxygen tank exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in Laos’ Bolikhamsai Province, a Vietnamese border army chief confirmed on Saturday. Võ Trọng Hải, border force chief of Hà Tĩnh Province that shares a border with Bolikhamsai Province, told the media that the explosion occurred at […]

Pak Beng hydropower project facing court petition from environmental group.

Pak Beng hydropower project facing court petition from environmental group.

Activists petition court in bid to halt Pak Beng An environmental advocacy group has filed a petition with the Administrative Court against three parties over their roles in the Pak Beng hydropower which the group fears will result in a negative impact on communities along the Mekong River. Niwat Roikaew, president of the Rak Chiang […]

Lao power company lauds China’s efforts to push for integrated regional energy system.

Lao power company lauds China’s efforts to push for integrated regional energy system.

The Lao state-run energy giant EDL-Gen spoke highly of the efforts made by the State Grid Corporation of China to promote power grid interconnection and inter working with neighboring countries under the Belt and Road Initiative. Proposed by China in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the […]

Pöyry awarded owner’s engineer services assignment for Nam Theun 1 hydro project in Laos.

Pöyry awarded owner’s engineer services assignment for Nam Theun 1 hydro project in Laos.

Phonesack Group has awarded Pöyry with the owner’s engineering services assignment for the Nam Theun 1 hydropower project in Laos. The Government of Laos has an ambition to become ‘the battery of South East Asia’ by harnessing its natural resources in order to aid economic growth and lift Laos’ people out of poverty. The 650 […]

Laos to press on with controversial $2.3bn Mekong dam.

Laos to press on with controversial $2.3bn Mekong dam.

Determined to become the “Kuwait of hydropower in Southeast Asia”, the government of Laos will start work this year on the $2.3bn Pak Beng hydropower scheme on the Mekong River, despite opposition from environmental NGOs and local communities. The decision was announced at a meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) last week. Pham Tuan […]

Committee agrees to move forward on work to develop 912-MW Pak Beng hydropower in Laos.

Committee agrees to move forward on work to develop 912-MW Pak Beng hydropower in Laos.

A Joint Committee Working Group has agreed to implement a six-month prior consultation process for the proposed 912-MW Pak Beng hydropower plant on the Mekong River in Lao PDR. The working group consisted of representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam and gathered at the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat in Vientiane, Laos. The […]

Hydropower in the Mekong: an alternative approach.

Hydropower in the Mekong: an alternative approach.

Laos needs to rethink its aggressive hydropower plans as new markets and technologies create an opportunity to change course A report published in September by the Stimson Center, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, challenges prevailing notions about the future of hydropower in the Mekong subregion, an area including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and southwestern […]