Laos aims to build Mekong dam this year, testing neighbours

Laos wants to start construction this year on the $3.8 billion (Bt115 billion) Thai-financed Xayaburi hydropower plant on the Mekong River after changing the design of the dam to placate neighbouring countries opposed to the project. Laos completed a review of the dam recently to ease concerns in three neighbouring countries that it would harm […]

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HCM City to hold interior design expo

New property developments in Viet Nam and the latest interior and exterior products will be on display in the second phase of the VIETBUILD 2011 international exhibition in HCM City next week. This phase – the first phase was held in July – will focus on construction materials and equipment using advanced technologies. Organisers told […]

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Laos to Start Building Mekong Dam This Year, Testing Neighbors

Laos wants to start construction this year on the $3.8 billion Thai-financed Xayaburi hydropower plant on the Mekong River after changing the design to placate neighboring countries opposed to the project. Laos completed a review of the dam initiated in April to ease concerns that it would harm rice production and fish catches downstream, said […]

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Asia Pacific, world's cheapest for building property

The Annual Construction Cost Comparison Report by EC Harris Research has revealed that countries throughout the Asia Pacific region have significantly lower building costs than their counterparts in The West, despite experiencing substantial economic growth. Now in its seventh year, the report compares building costs per square metre in fifty six countries worldwide against construction […]

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Asia Pacific, world’s cheapest for building property

The Annual Construction Cost Comparison Report by EC Harris Research has revealed that countries throughout the Asia Pacific region have significantly lower building costs than their counterparts in The West, despite experiencing substantial economic growth. Now in its seventh year, the report compares building costs per square metre in fifty six countries worldwide against construction […]

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Premchai: The Reluctant Builder

Premchai Karnasuta stands on the grass-lined balcony of his 40th-floor office, surveying the Bangkok skyline as the sun sets. “We’re building that one,” he says, pointing to a hulking apartment complex. “And that one,” he adds, indicating another rising block. He pauses and waves a dismissive hand at the site. “So ugly,” he says. Karnasuta […]

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Thailand revises high-speed rail plan, Laos link shelved

Thailand’s new government unveiled a revised plan for the country’s high-speed train network on Tuesday, prioritising domestic rail expansion over an ambitious regional connectivity plan being spearheaded by China. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced during her inaugural policy speech to parliament that three routes would be constructed linking Bangkok with urban centres in the north, […]

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Coal seen as Thailand's possible alternative to nuclear power: EGAT

THE NATION Coal has emerged as the next |possible main fuel for generating electricity when natural gas |runs out, since the prospects |for atomic energy have dimmed after a nuclear power plant in Japan was critically damaged in March. “If nuclear power will have to be deferred for at least three years, coal is a […]

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Coal seen as Thailand’s possible alternative to nuclear power: EGAT

THE NATION Coal has emerged as the next |possible main fuel for generating electricity when natural gas |runs out, since the prospects |for atomic energy have dimmed after a nuclear power plant in Japan was critically damaged in March. “If nuclear power will have to be deferred for at least three years, coal is a […]

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