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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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Large-scale land confiscation for Salween dam infrastructure in northern Shan State PDF Print E-mail
February 13, 2014
A new report by the Shan Human Rights Foundation

Communities in over 60 villages have lost lands and houses due to construction of access roads and other infrastructure for the first dam on the Salween River in Burma, at Kunlong in northern Shan State.
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Gov’t urged to review Thanlwin hydropower dam projects PDF Print E-mail

Eleven Media Group
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 02:38

YANGON - The Myanmar government must review hydro-power projects being planned on the Thanlwin River, according to Karen Rivers Watch and environmental activists.

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Villagers in eastern Shan State suffer forced labour and extortion by Burma Army troops guarding loggers in Salween dam flood zone PDF Print E-mail

 December 13, 2013
An update by the Shan Human Rights Foundation

Summary

Villagers in Murng Paeng township are being used as forced labour by Burmese government troops giving security to military-linked logging operations above the planned Ta Sang dam on the Salween River. The loggers are clearing out teak forests from the projected flood zone for export to neighbouring countries.

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Activists slam Thanlwin dam projects for lacking transparency PDF Print E-mail

Eleven Media Group
Thursday, 23 January 2014 21:06

Environmental activists voiced stern warnings on Tuesday over six dam projects being planned on the Salween River for lacking any social or environmental impact assessment as well as the approval of local communities and the general public.

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