Don Sahong Hydropower Project

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Vientiane, Lao PDR, 15th Oct 2014

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is carrying out prior consultation for the Don Sahong Hydropower project to discuss and evaluate benefits and associated risks of the project which may have significant impacts on the environment and people in the Lower Mekong Basin. The Don Sahong Hydropower Project will produce 260 megawatts of electricity and will be situated in one of the braided channels in the Mekong River’s Siphandone area of Southern Lao PDR.

The prior consultation started on 25 July 2014. It should take six months and can be extended if necessary. The process is undertaken in response to an official notice submitted by Lao PDR, one of the four MRC Member Countries, on 30 June 2014, informing the other Member Countries, Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam, through the MRC Secretariat, of its intent to have the project undergo prior consultation.

The prior consultation is conducted by the MRC Joint Committee (JC), a governing body comprising one high-level government official at no less than Head of Department level from each Member Country, with technical and administrative support by the MRC Secretariat and the a working group.

The prior consultation is one of three procedures required for the development of different types of water-use projects in the Lower Mekong Basin as specified in the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) established under the 1995 Mekong Agreement.

What will happen during the prior consultation process?

Once the Member Countries receive the prior consultation submission, the MRC Secretariat coordinates a technical review of the project’s submitted documents. The review will determine compliance with the MRC’s Preliminary Design Guidance for Proposed Mainstream Dams in the Lower Mekong Basin. During this time, the PNPCA Joint Committee Working Group (PNPCA JCWG)holds meetings to discuss related activities such as a road map of the project and a technical review of the project. The Joint Committee may hold a meeting to discuss the process. Field visits to the project may also take place if needed.

The technical review report, which may include findings from the national public participation meetings, will be presented to the MRC Joint Committee. After that, the notified countries will submit their official reply forms to the MRC Secretariat to have their comments on record.

The final stage is for the Joint Committee to hold a meeting to discuss the project prior consultation with an aim to reach an agreement to achieve an optimum use and prevention of waste of water, and to issue a decision that contains agreed-upon conditions for the project.

Click here for the detailed road map of the six-month process.

Public Participation

Even though public involvement is not a requirement of the process, the Member Countries have agreed to the importance of public participation, and national public consultations or information sharing meetings were held appropriately and according to national mechanisms and practices in the respective countries.

The MRC Secretariat held a regional public consultation, aiming to inform, involve and consult regional and international organisations, civil society, the media, research institutes and the MRC's Development Partners on the proposed Don Sahong Hydropower Project as well as the prior consultation process. It was an additional avenue for those who may not have the opportunity to participate in the national consultations or information sharing meetings held by each respective MRC Member Country. Members of the public, including civil society, could also submit their views, petitions and comments on the project during the process to the MRC via its website at: http://www.mrcmekong.org/stakeholder-consultations and the MRC ensured that these would be presented to the Joint Committee.

Views and comments reflected in previous and ongoing stakeholder participation mechanisms were also considered during the evaluation. The aim was for the Joint Committee members to be informed of public opinion and concerns raised both in their own country and in other neighbouring countries on a proposed project and then use this information as part of their consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MRC’s prior consultation process? Why does the MRC need the prior consultation? Who will be involved in the prior consultation process? Isn’t the prior consultation the approval process needed for a proposed project? Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the process and related issues.

Key MRC documents:

Main Report of the Technical Review for the Prior Consultation process of the Don Sahong Hydropower Project

Annexes of the Technical Review Report

Annex A1: Prior Consultation Road Map

Annex A2: List of International, Regional and MRCS Expert contributors

Annex B: Alignment with the MRC PDG

Annex C: Fisheries Report

Annex D: Dolphin Report

Annex E: Hydrology and Hydraulics Report

Annex F: Water quality and Ecosystems Report

Annex G: Sediment Report

Annex H: Sediment Report

Comments provided by NMCs after the Special Session of the Joint Committee on 28 January 2015

Comment by LNMC after the SS JC on TRR

Comment by LNMC after the SS JC on FEG Annex

Comment by TNMC after the SS JC on TRR


Guidelines on the implementation of the PNPCA

PNPCA Procedures

The preliminary Design Guidance agreed by MRC Joint Committee on:

  • Fisheries
  • Sediment Management 
  • Water Quality
  • Navigation
  • Safety of Dams

Reply Form to Prior Consultation

Reply Form, Cambodia
Reply Form and letter, Thailand
Reply Form, Viet Nam
Lao PDR's statement of PNPCA DSHHP

Quick links:

» Submit your feedback and comments

» Frequently Asked Questions

» Road map

Regional Public Consultation, 12 Dec 2014

Report PNPCA regional public consultation on DHSPP

National Report on Information Sharing on Don Sahong Hydropower Project in Thailand

Report on National Public Consultation for Don Sahong Hydropower Project in Viet Nam

» Opening Speech by CEO of MRC Secretariat

1995 Mekong Agreement and PNPCA Process by MRCS CEO

DSHPP – mitigating potential impacts by Mr. Graeme (MegaFirst Consultant)

DSHPP – monitoring fish and fisheries at Khone Falls by Mr. Kent (MegaFirst Consultant)

DSHPP – Sediment and hydrology by MegaFirst Consultant

Technical Review by MRCS

Statetatement from Save the Mekong Coalition(Eng)

Statetatement from Save the Mekong Coalition (Khmer)

Statetatement from Viet Nam Rivers Network

Site visit tentative programme 11-Dec-2014

Background and Programme
      (updated:12-Dec-14)

Briefing Note on Technical Review

About the Don Sahong Hydropower Project

 

 

The MRC Secretariat will hold the first regional public consultation, aiming to inform, involve and consult regional and international organisations, civil society, the media, research institutes and the MRC's Development Partners on the proposed Don Sahong Hydropower Project as well as the prior consultation process. It is an additional avenue for those who may not have the opportunity to participate in the national consultations or information sharing meetings held by each respective MRC Member Country. Members of the public, including civil society, can also submit their views, petitions and comments on the project during the process to the MRC via its website at: http://www.mrcmekong.org/stakeholder-consultations and the MRC will ensure that these will be presented to the Joint Committee.

 

 

 

Views and comments reflected in previous and ongoing stakeholder participation mechanisms will also be considered during the evaluation. The aim is for the Joint Committee members to be informed of public opinion and concerns raised both in their own country and in other neighbouring countries on a proposed project and then use this information as part of their consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Information

Cumulative Impact Assessment
Evironmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan
Social Impact Assessment
Social Management and Monitoring Plan
Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)
Annex C to the 2013 EIA- Report on Fisheries Study in Hou Sahong, Hou Sadam and Hou Xang Pheuak (2010)
Annex D to the 2013 EIA - Report on Fisheries Study in Hou Sahong, Hou Sadam and Hou Xang Pheuak (2010-2012)
Engineering Status Report Vol.1
Engineering Status Report Vol.2


The project developer also makes available relevant data and information, and provides updates on the project on its website http://dshpp.com

Press releases
» Lao PDR submits notification on Don Sahong Hydropower Project

» MRC takes Don Sahong Project discussions to ministerial level

» Lao PDR submits notification on Don Sahong Hydropower Project

Lao PDR provided the following relevant information on the project for the prior consultation process:


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