Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 August 2020 – The six Mekong countries are being urged to address regional low water flows as the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) endures record lows for the second consecutive year, according to a Mekong River Commission report.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 31 July 2020 — A Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) of the Mekong River Commission yesterday agreed on a starting date of a six-month prior consultation process for the Sanakham dam that Lao PDR had proposed to build on the Mekong mainstream. Picking July 30 as the kick-off date, the Group left the ending date open to create more flexibility in consulting stakeholders.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 1 July 2020 – Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam requested Lao PDR to conduct rigorous transboundary impact assessments and enhance proposed measures to mitigate potential adverse impacts from the 1,460-megawatt Luang Prabang hydropower project, as the Mekong River Commission concluded a six-month prior consultation process for the project.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 24 October 2019 – Cambodia and Thailand have launched a second phase of their joint project on transboundary cooperation for flood and drought management for the Tonle Sap sub-basin (9C/9T) to continue building a better understanding and management of water resources and addressing economic and social development challenges in the two countries.
The Sanakham hydropower project is proposed on the Mekong mainstream between Xayaburi and Vientiane provinces of Lao PDR. It is the sixth proposed project and the fifth in the cascade of run-of-river projects on the mainstream from upstream to downstream of the Lower Mekong River.
The Luang Prabang hydropower project is proposed on the Mekong mainstream in the Houygno village of Luang Prabang province, about 25 km from Luang Prabang town or approximately 2,036 km from the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam. It is situated between the two previously consulted Mekong mainstream projects: the upstream Pak Beng and the downstream Xayaburi projects.
The Pak Lay hydropower project is proposed on the Mekong mainstream in Pak Lay district, Xayaburi province, in north-western Lao PDR. The proposed project sits downstream of the currently under-construction Xayaburi hydropower station and is 241 kilometers upstream of Vientiane, the capital city of Lao PDR.