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Energy in Laos

Energy in Laos describes energy and electricity production, consumption and import in Laos.

Hydropower

Laos government had ongoing plans in 2012 for 80 new hydro power plants for electricity export. Hydropower may have large environmental and social consequences beyond national borders. Nongovernmental International Rivers -organization is concerned. [1]

Xayaburi Dam

The $3.8bn (£2.4bn) hydro-electric dam project at Xayaburi Dam has caused tension among Mekong region countries - Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. In April 2012 a contract was signed for a Thai company, CH Karnchang, to build the dam. The Lao government has pledged to resolve the environmental issues. [2] The government says two big issues - fish migration and sediment flow - will be addressed. Critics say the hydro-electric dam project at Xayaburi would harm the river's eco-system. [3]

Finnish [1]

The aim was to produce electricity mainly to Thailand by a Thai company and to provide export income to the government of Laos. However, the Mekong River Commission recommended to suspend the project. According to Finnish media Finnish government is among the main financers of the river commission. At present (2012) Mekong river down stream is free of dams. In the area live ca 60 million persons in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Foreign Minister Hillary Clinton visiting the ASEAN countries in July 2012 demanded environmental investigations of the project. During her visit the Laos government made the first official announcement to suspend the project.[4]

Power companies

Power companies include: 1) Electricite du Laos (1959), 2) Glow Energy (1993) a subsidiary of GDF Suez, 3) Lao Holding State Enterprise and 4) Nam Theun 2 Power Company owned by French EDF (40%), Thai company (35%) and Laos (25%).

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Virta vie mua , Pöyry: Mekongin vesikonfliktin asekauppias? Voima (newspaper) June 2012 page 44 (Finnish)
  2. ^ US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on historic Laos visit BBC 11 July 2012
  3. ^ Laos vows to address concerns over Mekong river dam 6 July 2012
  4. ^ Laos ilmoitti kiistellyn patohankkeen siirtämisestä - Suomi rahoittanut selvityksiä yle 13.7.2012 (Finnish)
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