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Limiting climate change by switching to hydropower

Human activities currently consume close to 150,000 terawatt-hours of energy each year – 25 times more than in 1800. Today’s energy supplies are largely derived from fossil fuels, which have been proved to contribute significantly to climate change. “It's clear that they are great pollutants,” Eddie Rich, CEO of International Hydropower Association, a non-profit organisation working to advance sustainable h ...

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Thai Hydro run-off dam met with reservation

The hydro-electric power plant planned in Luang Prabang will not have any big transboundary impact on Thailand, said the head of Laos' Department of Energy Policy and Planning, who argued that with Thailand's support, the project stands to benefit everyone. Department chief Chansaveng Buongnong said hydro-electric power generation lies at the heart of Laos' core economic development strategy due to the abun ...

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Sarawaks plans new Borneo power grid

KUCHING: Federal government is seeking to increase Malaysia’s target of renewable energy generation to 20 per cent in the next six years to improve on the energy trilemma of security, reliability and affordability.Regionally, Asean has set out to make 23 per cent of its primary energy renewable by 2025, compared to 9.4 per cent in 2014, five years ago, in tandem with global megatrends in population gro ...

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Denham Capital Buy 2 Hydropower projects in Vietnam

A Denham Capital venture acquired 94% of the equity in Song Giang Hydropower JSC, which owns two hydropower projects in Vietnam with a combined 49 megawatts of capacity. Nexif Energy, which Denham formed in 2015 with Singapore’s Nexif Pte, will get the 37-megawatt Song Giang 2 plant, which has been operating in Khanh Hoa province since December 2014, as well as the 12-megawatt Song Giang 1 plant under const ...

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Damming the Mekong?

Laos has dismissed fears that its next hydropower dam on the Mekong River would devastate downstream communities after neighboring countries and rights groups raised their doubts at a regional forum in the capital last week. The tiny landlocked country announced its intentions to go ahead with the 1,460 MW Luang Prabang dam in July, making it the fifth of nine dams it has planned for the waterway to move fo ...

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$60 Mln USD ADB Finance for Nepal Hydro Project

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a 60 million dollar financing package with Nepal Water and Energy Development Company (NWEDC) to help build and operate a 216-megawatt run-of-the-river hydropower plant on the Trishuli River near the capital Kathmandu. The project is one of the largest private sector investments in Nepal to date. It will enhance the country's energy security by helping to utilise ...

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ADB to Finance New Hydropower in Uzbekistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $60 million loan to construct hydropower plants (HPPs) capable of adding 25 megawatts (MW) capacity, which will help the Government of Uzbekistan achieve its goal of diversifying the country’s energy mix through greater use of clean energy sources and lowering carbon emissions, ADB’s Country Office in Uzbekistan said. “ADB’s assistance to help build HPPs will ...

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Are Dams threatening a way of life in Mekong Countries?

The operation of dams along the Mekong River is exacerbating conditions in a particularly dry year and choking off a lifeline for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Meteorologists in Thailand forecast that 2019 will turn out to be the driest in at least a decade. In the Lower Mekong countries of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, many are also pointing their fingers north to China and Laos for "switchin ...

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Dasu Hydropower Projects has land acquisition approved

Executive Committee of the National Economic Council has approved the revision in cost of land acquisition and built up property of Dasu Hydropower Project. The meeting of the ECNEC was held in Islamabad on Monday with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh presided in the chair. The chair also directed that the Ministry of Law may be requested to give its opinion in a week's time ...

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The Mekong & US Asia Strategy

When the next round of Asian summitry kicks off later this month in Bangkok, one of the key areas that will be in the spotlight within U.S. policy will be the Washington’s approach to the Mekong subregion – a shorthand for the area in mainland Southeast Asia through which the Mekong River, one of the world’s longest and largest rivers, runs. While U.S. interest in the Mekong has been longstanding, the subre ...

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