The controversial Xayaburi hydro-electric dam project in northern
According to a statement released on its website late on Tuesday, Thai development firm Ch.Karnchang said it was due to begin building the dam on March 15 after finalising a construction contract with the Xayaburi Power Company.
In the document, first sent to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, Ch.Karnchang says its subsidiary Karnchang (Lao) will build the 1,260-megawatt dam on the
Shares in the company rose as much as 2.5 per cent after it announced the 74 billion baht (US $2.4 billion) contract, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
Surasak Glahan, communications officer with the Mekong River Commission secretariat in
“However, such a consensus does not mention that the project should be delayed,” he said. “We will, however, seek clarification from Lao PDR on the reported scheduled construction of the project.”
“As soon as you start construction on the
Ms Trandem predicted the issue of funding would be raised at the Japan-Mekong summit this weekend.
“The study would not just look at the impacts of the Xayaburi dam but of all mainstream
Te Navuth, secretary-general of the Cambodia National Mekong Committee, said he would be “disappointed” if construction had begun.
“I believe there isn’t any groundwork going on,” he said. “However, we tried to get official information from the Lao government, but we couldn’t get any.
“The four countries have agreed in principle to carry out additional studies and have asked the government of
“WWF would be concerned if the steps agreed to by the MRC and ministers in December are not followed,” he said.
Seng Teak said a recent review of the dam development had identified “uncertainties and weaknesses” with the proposed fish passes.
“Any dam built on the lower
“The recent review of the project also confirmed the Xayaburi project will block part of the sediment flow and that important gaps in knowledge concerning the sediment aspects remain.”
This sediment, he said, was essential for maintaining balance in the
“WWF urges governments to defer a decision on any dam projects on the
Council of Ministers’ Press and Quick Reaction Unit spokesman Ek Tha said that the government has urged stakeholders to ensure projects on the
“As you know, countries in the
“I want them to think of 500 to 1,000 years from now. Put your children and grandchildren ahead of us.”
Ch.Karnchang did not respond to emails from the Post yesterday.