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Post by BobHelm » December 10, 2010, 10:57 am

I have seen a few articles of late about the hydro electric schemes planned for the Mekong.
China has 4 now in operation, 1 in construction & 3 others planned.
However this article is about Laos. It alone has 9 dams in various stages of planning & intends to export much of this electricity to its neighbours.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/11962210
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It is certainly going to change the river, what lives in it & the lives of those that live near it considerably.

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Post by Aardvark » December 12, 2010, 4:36 pm

It's already ruining the Lives of People Down Stream in Thailand, but the One's who are really suffering are the Vietnamese who are at the "Bottom of the Food Chain" as it were. Can't find it now, but a Few Weeks ago they had a Committee from the various Countries involved working on a Solution that would allow enough Water to Flow so as not to destroy the Lively hood of those down Stream of these Projects. As yet I have not seen any follow up !

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Post by BobHelm » December 12, 2010, 4:46 pm

The Mekong River Commission
AA??? Nice web site..
http://www.mrcmekong.org/

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Post by Aardvark » December 13, 2010, 3:55 pm

Good find Bob :D

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Post by BobHelm » December 13, 2010, 6:14 pm

They actually had a far better map of the developments on the site, so here it is..
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Post by BobHelm » July 4, 2012, 12:36 pm

It would appear that after all this time it is finally coming to a head & the notice of others...
Laos' work on the Mekong river draws criticism
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18686438

It would seem that work is starting on the first of the Laos dams, be that unofficially official or not.
Interesting that it is being built by a Thai company & that Thailand has committed to purchase the huge majority (95%) of the electricity produced by the dam.
On the surface it is a difficult balance between the supply of electricity without using carbon or nuclear energy balanced against the environmental impact before & after the dam.

The body that I thought was there to provide the balanced & definitive view of impacts & benefits was the Mekong River Commission. While the World Bank and Swedish & German Governments have all thrown extra cash at the body (to the tune of 24 million US Dollars) it seems rather dumb on the topic on its' web site. It is seemingly more interested in conferences to talk about the need to 'balance' the conflicting demands of water, energy & food from the Mekong rather than putting the facts & figures out to the public. In the meanwhile the Governments carry on doing whatever they desire, irrespective to down, or up, river consequences.
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Post by Lao-miner » July 5, 2012, 3:52 pm

It,s all a bit murky methinks, Laos is happy enough to accept the money to build the dams from NGO,s and the like then onsell the power generated to Thailand , but with the rapid development of infrastructure going on here power supply isnt keeping up with demand , seems this will just get worse in the future, forcing them to buy the power back from The Thais at a rate favourable to the Thais of course, Disturbingly for me there seems to be a regular occurance in daily Brownouts a few years back that was unheard of heres a snippett of info ive just read .

There are many hydropower
plants in Laos but most of them
export power to Thailand.
Laos has to re-import
electricity to meet the growing
demands of industry.

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Post by glalt » April 15, 2014, 10:22 am

There are always pros and cons to any huge project. Roads, railways and airports all take a toll on people who live nearby. That's the nature of progress. Hydro electric dams cause loss of wildlife habitat and homes. This sounds bad but when you consider the alternatives, that is a small price to pay. Would you rather see smoke belching coal fired generating plants or nuclear plants? A hydro power dam doesn't lose any water. It's the after effects of diverting water mostly for irrigation that hurts the people downstream. If the stealing of vast amounts of water were controlled, most objections would go away.

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