Xayaboury dam simulation model unveiled

Scientists and international experts fine-tuning the design of the Xayaboury dam have unveiled a scale model of the planned run-of-river structure to ensure the most efficient level of sediment flushing. The 1:120 scale model simulates actual hydrologic flows and water velocities in the Mekong River at Xayaboury, aiming to test whether the dam design functions as intended so that optimum levels of river water, nutrients and an abundance of fish will flow through the site year round. Lao government officials and media personnel from Vientiane visited the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok last week to witness the model in operation.