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 […]

Solar progress in Laos hindered by hydro focus.

Solar progress in Laos hindered by hydro focus.

Household solar systems have taken hold in Laos, but PV deployment on a grand-scale is being held back by a focus on hydropower, according to delegates at the Solar & Off-Grid Renewables Southeast Asia Event in Bangkok. A total of 30,000 solar household systems already installed in the country under its Rural Electrification Fund, according […]

More alarms over next hydropower dam in Laos.

More alarms over next hydropower dam in Laos.

The Laos government is pressing ahead with a new dam on the Lower Mekong River, leading scientists and activists to warn of growing threats to regional food security. Laos informed the four-nation inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) earlier this month that preparatory work was under way on the 912-megawatt Pak Beng Dam in the northern […]

Toshiba wins major orders for Nam Ou 4 hydropower plant in Laos.

Toshiba wins major orders for Nam Ou 4 hydropower plant in Laos.

Fourth order win will support Laos in achieving sustainable power supply Toshiba Corporation today announced that Toshiba Hydro Power (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. (THPC), its Chinese subsidiary for the manufacture, sales and maintenance of hydroelectric equipment, has won a major order to supply three sets of 44-megawatts hydroelectric generating equipment for the Nam Ou 4 Hydro […]