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Myanmar approves the largest hydropower project in Southeast Asia PDF Print E-mail
October 16, Yunnan Government

According to a report by Myanmar’s Golden Phoenix, when answering questions by MPs at the lower house, the vice power minister of Myanmar said that the government had approved  cooperation between China’s Three Gorges Company and Myanmar IGE Company to build a dam on the upper stream of the Salween River, the second largest river in Myanmar. The planned power generation will be 7000 MW. Upon completion, it will be the largest hydropower project in Southeast Asia.
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Karen Army Leader Links Current Fighting To Burma Government’s Mega Development Projects PDF Print E-mail

Karen News
October 24, 2014

General Ner Dah Bo Mya, the head of the Karen National Defence Organisation told Karen News that armed conflict this month in Burma is linked to plans to build hydropower dams on the Salween River. In an exclusive interview General Ner Dah explains to Karen News why he has placed his troops are on high alert.

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Environmental Alliance Claim Burma Army Offensive in Karen State Linked to Salween Dam Plans PDF Print E-mail

Karen News
October 13, 2014 

An environmental coalition of civil society groups group has issued a statement claiming that recent armed conflict in Karen State is linked to the Burma government’s plans to dam the Salween River.

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Could Myanmar’s hunt for energy derail peace? PDF Print E-mail

The Interpreter
1 October 2014 12:15PM

A little over a quarter of Myanmar's population has access to electricity. Despite this incredible statistic, the country has tremendous energy potential. Criss-crossed with rivers (not to mention an abundance of hydrocarbons), hydropower could provide for much of Myanmar's energy needs. However, it was attempts to harness this hydropower that led to renewed conflict in Kachin state in 2011. A new proposed dam could provoke a similar fallout.

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Govt plans 32 dams, most JVs with Chinese firms PDF Print E-mail

Eleven Media Group
Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 17:36

The government plans to build 32 hydropower projects as joint ventures with foreign companies, most of which are Chinese firms, according to a report from the Ministry of Electric Power.

The government has already signed joint venture agreements with foreign companies to build four hydropower projects and memoranda of understanding for another 19, the ministry said, adding that nine other projects were on the table.  

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Large hydro projects may be dangerous for the country, energy firm says PDF Print E-mail

Eleven Media Group
Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 03:12

Plans to build large-scale hydropower projects to meet the country’s increasing demand for power may be dangerous for the country, according to APR Energy (Asia Pacific).

Speaking at the Myanmar Global Investment forum, a representative of APR suggested that hydropower was suitable for Myanmar, but warned that big hydro projects may be risky.

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Concerns Grow After Govt Confirms Massive Dam Project in Southern Shan State PDF Print E-mail

THE IRRAWADDY
By LAWI WENG / THE IRRAWADDY| Friday, September 19, 2014 |

RANGOON — A Shan lawmaker said her constituents in southern Shan State are growing increasingly concerned over a government plan to build an enormous hydropower dam in the region, after a cabinet minister earlier this week confirmed that Burmese, Chinese and Thai companies have government support for the construction of a 7,000-megawatt dam.

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China Three Gorges Corp to build dam in Shan State: deputy minister PDF Print E-mail

Eleven Media Group
Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:52

The company that displaced 1.2 million people to build the world’s largest dam in China has been given permission to build Southeast Asia’s largest dam in Shan State, in partnership with a company owned by the son of a former minister, deputy minister of electric power Maw Thar Htwe said.

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Salween Dam Projects Could Affect Burma’s Peace Process PDF Print E-mail

THE IRRAWADDY
By KHIN OO THAR / THE IRRAWADDY| Wednesday, February 19, 2014 |

Without a political settlement between ethnic armed groups and the government, the continuation of dam projects on eastern Burma’s Salween River could impact upon the current peace efforts in the country, a leading Shan human rights group says.

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Myanmar to reap 10% from Thanlwin hydropower project PDF Print E-mail

Eleven Media Group
Sunday, 16 February 2014 22:00

Local conglomerate IGE Company plans to sign a joint venture with Hydrochina Corporation to build a 1200 megawatt hydropower project on the Thanlwin River, according to the Ministry of Electric Power.

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