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MRC Official Confirms Construction Continues on Controversial Dam

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

A Western construction worker surveys ongoing work to build a power plant for the Nam Theun 2 dam, south of Vientiane, Laos, (file photo).

A Western construction worker surveys ongoing work to build a power plant for the Nam Theun 2 dam, south of Vientiane, Laos, (file photo).

The chief builder of the dam told local media in Thailand recently his company was moving forward with construction.

PHNOM PENH - A Mekong River official in Laos has confirmed that construction of the controversial Xayaburi dam there is underway, with major advanced preparations completed.

Cambodian officials object to the construction of the dam without further impact studies, following concern from conservation groups that such a dam could threaten the fish of the river, on which millions of Cambodians rely for food.

Surasak Glahan, communication officer of Mekong River Commission Secretary in Vientien, told VOA Khmer via e-mail that access roads have been built to the site and upgraded, in advance of construction.

The chief builder of the dam told local media in Thailand recently his company was moving forward with construction.
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