Aust company under fire over Myanmar dam

AUSTRALIA’S Snowy Mountains Engineering Corp is facing mounting criticism over its role in a 7000 megawatt hydropower project in Myanmar. THE SMEC is undertaking environmental and social impact studies into the construction of the $US8 billion ($A11 billion) Mong Ton Dam, overseen by China’s Three Gorges Corp, in Myanmar’s eastern Shan State. SMEC’s efforts to […]

Heavy scrutiny on Chinese investments in Myanmar

YANGON: In Myanmar, opposition to Chinese-backed projects is mounting. Locals allege that Beijing is only interested in exploiting their natural resources, and new trade deals may lead to growing scrutiny over Beijing’s influence there. The suspended Myitsone dam development in northern Myanmar is just one example of how citizens have long been up in arms […]

Thai, Myanmar villagers fear being dammed by Salween hydropower project

 SOB MOEI (Thailand), Dec 4 — Tikuepor, an ethnic Karen from eastern Myanmar living on the Thai side of the Salween River, is one of thousands of people worried about losing everything if a multinational hydropower project goes ahead in this sensitive border area. A senior commander of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), which […]

In mountains near Nay Pyi Taw, a test case for hydropower sector

Villages, towns and cities are born for many reasons: Some develop as trading centres, while others spring up as a result of a gold rush. In Myanmar, many are agricultural communities, relying on the fertile fields around them to bring prosperity to residents. In the early 2000s, Nay Pyi Taw was built for strategic and […]

Myanmar to reap 10% from Thanlwin hydropower project

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. The Naungpha hydropower project will eventually distribute 90 percent of the electricity to China while Myanmar will only receive 10 percent, over which it […]