400 protest against Lao's hydropower project

The Nation 5 April 2011

Some 400 people in the northern and northeastern provinces along the Mekong River gathered Tuesday in Nong Khai's Sri Chiang Mai district to oppose Laos's proposed Xayaburi hydropower project as they feared of negative impact on their lives.

They collected signatures to submit to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva asking the government to stop a plan to purchase electricity from the project.

The Lao authority granted concession to Thailand's construction firm Ch. Karnchang to build a massive 1,260 MW dam on the Mekong River's mainstream at the Kaeng Luang rapids, 30 kilometers from Xayaburi town. Some 95 percent of its installed capacity would sell to Thailand.