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The power struggle at Salween River PDF Print E-mail

Bangkok Post

Thailand is on the verge of striking an agreement to buy the bulk of the electricity from the planned Hatgyi dam, but at what cost to the locals?

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Tensions rise as Myanmar turns to dams for power PDF Print E-mail

South China Morning Post
Monday, 24 November, 2014, 10:25pm

When a village in the conflict-torn hills of eastern Myanmar was asked to pay authorities more than US$10,000 to plug into an electricity grid, families put themselves in debt to find the cash.

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Unclear future of Hatgyi dam PDF Print E-mail

The Nation
Myanmar Eleven November 24, 2014 1:00 am
Mega projects in Kayin State like Hatgyi dam risk delays, as the rebel group and affected villagers are renewing efforts to fight against the investment.
Villagers in Myanmar will this week submit a petition to Thailand's human rights commission, seeking protection. Meanwhile, the rebel group threatened to stop the project.

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Thai Power Firm’s Business Tactics ‘Use Burma’s Weak Laws’ PDF Print E-mail
THE IRRAWADDY
By WILLIAM BOOT / THE IRRAWADDY| Tuesday, October 28, 2014 |

One of the chief financiers of hydroelectric dams planned on Burma’s Salween River is accused of investing in countries where there is “oppression and limited transparency” in order to achieve its objectives.
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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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