Laos plans to build four more dams and have signed MOUs with foreign companies to perform feasibility studies. But in response to expressed concerns by international environmental groups, it says the actual construction of those dams will depend on the results of the feasibility studies and promises to share study results with them.
Two Chinese companies will perform feasibility studies for two dams at Pak Baeng and Pak Lay, while a Thai company will undertake the one for another dam in Sayabouly province. Feasibility study for another dam in Muang Khong, Champassack, will be done by a Malaysian company. The foreign companies are given 30 months to complete the task.
Hoping to become the battery of the Greater Sub-Mekong region, Laos is planning to build as many as 29 hydro-electric dams by the year 2020. The largest and most controversial now being built is the Nam Theun 2.
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