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Mekong River Commission provides updates on Luang Prabang and Sanakham consultation plans
10 June, 2020
The prior consultation process of the 1460MW Luang Prabang hydropower on the Mekong mainstream will now be concluded on 30 June 2020, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) has announced, with prior consultation to start on the 684MW Sanakham project once this is complete.

Chinese-linked hydropower in South-East Asia
20 March, 2020
A recent research project has investigated the motivations behind Chinese involvement in overseas hydropower construction, and the challenges and opportunities for local governments and populations

Asian activities
07 September, 2019
IWP&DC spoke to Brian Selby of GE and Ajay Sharma of Entura to talk about their involvement in projects across Asia

Mekong River Commission starts consultation for Pak Ly project, Lao PDR
11 August, 2018
A six-month consultation process has begun for the proposed 770MW Pak Lay hydropower project on the Mekong mainstream in Lao PDR, the Mekong River Commission has announced, despite Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s recent announcement that investments in new hydropower in the country will be suspended.

Algorithm designed for Mekong dam management
04 January, 2018
Researchers have presented a new algorithm to help dam operators protect – and possibly improve – food supplies and businesses throughout the Mekong river basin, with the research expected to be applicable to other large river systems around the world.

Hydropower impact mitigation options investigated for the Mekong River
09 June, 2015
Multiconsult has announced it is helping to develop hydropower mitigation measures for hydropower projects – planned and operational – in the mainstream and key tributaries of Lower Mekong Basin in Southeast Asia, in a study project jointly executed with independent institute Deltares.

Pöyry to supervise construction of Xayaburi hydro power project
13 November, 2012
Pöyry's energy business group has been awarded a technical consultancy services assignment for the Xayaburi hydro power project in Lao PDR. The company will support the Government of Lao and project owner Xayaburi Power Company during the eight-year implementation period, by reviewing the design and supervising project construction. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the assignment.

Sharing hydro-meteorological data in the Mekong
07 November, 2012
Over 100 hydrologists and other water experts have gathered in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a two-day regional symposium to discuss lessons learned and ways forward in sharing and using real-time hydro-meteorological data in the Mekong region.

Assessment tool
03 November, 2011
A new assessment tool is being used to help identify sustainable hydropower development. Although developed with the Mekong River in mind it can have worldwide application.

Hydropower development and Mekong River fisheries: What can be learned from the Columbia River?
05 October, 2011
The Mekong River presently supports the world’s largest inland fishery at 2.6M tonnes of annual harvest but nearly 200 dams are completed, under construction or planned along the river. John W Ferguson reviews fish passage activities designed to maintain salmon in the US’ Columbia River, and provides guidance for developing environmentally sustainable hydropower in the Mekong.

Eastern blossoms
20 May, 2011
A full range of hydropower projects are developing apace in hydrologically-rich and energy-hungry southeast Asia. Patrick Reynolds spotlights some of the latest schemes

Decision on Xayaburi Dam deferred
19 April, 2011
Laos has decided to defer a decision to build the 1285MW Xayaburi dam project on the lower Mekong River following a meeting with other Mekong countries.

‘Breakthrough’ sustainable hydropower assessment tool launched for Mekong River Basin
31 January, 2011
An innovative new assessment tool that helps identify, in as little as a week, the most sustainable sites, designs and operation rules for hydropower development in the lower Mekong River Basin has been launched by The Asian Development Bank, Mekong River Commission (MRC) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Sustainable considerations
26 January, 2011
Lawrence Haas and Voradeth Phonekeo from the Mekong River Commission Secretariat give an insight into sustainable hydro development in the Lower Mekong River Basin [1]

IHA World Congress – advancing sustainable hydro power
06 October, 2009
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) hosted delegates from a wide range of political, technical, financial, social and environmental backgrounds, along with figureheads from business and industry, during the IHA 2009 World Congress, held in Reykjavik, Iceland on 23-26 June 2009.

ADB drives integration with hydro
11 August, 2009
To encourage economic integration across Asia, the Asian Development Bank is promoting power sector integration utilising hydro schemes. Will this policy drive the development of new hydro projects? Neil Ford reports

Mississippi, Mekong commissions' plan to share experience welcomed
24 July, 2009
Governments of the Lower Mekong River - Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam - have given special welcome to the plan for the Mississippi River Commission to share experience to help their development efforts for the cross-border basin.

Striking a middle ground for dams, people and nature
31 October, 2008
Marc Goichot explains what role conservation organisation WWF will play in the balancing act between energy and ecosystem demands in the Mekong river basin

Cross-border cooperation
14 September, 2007
With an annual increase in electricity demand of 6-10% in South East Asia, new water resource management schemes are on the cards across the region, particularly along the Mekong river. But will this result in more cross-border cooperation? Neil Ford investigates



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