Cambodia dam’s benefits exclude people in its vicinity

The construction of the Kamchay Dam in Cambodia, though beneficial to urban areas, has not been so good for those who live close to the dam site in Kampot province, according to a study. ...

Madhukara Putty

Chinese Investments in Cambodia Ignore Environment Queries

China’s expanding investment portfolio in Cambodia has brought into sharper focus the darker side of the Asian giant’s “development projects” in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation. And it is in the southwestern corner of Cambodia—known for its rich biodiversity, forest covered hills and bubbling rivers—where this ...

China to back Kampot power plant

An unnamed Chinese investor will put nearly US$400 million into a 300-megawatt coal-powered plant in Kampot province, officials said yesterday. The plant, slated for a November groundbreaking, will provide power for the Kampot Special Economic Zone, the nearby Prey Nob oil refinery in Preah Sihanouk province ...

Investigation Into Dam Beatings Ceases, Police Say

Police in Kampot province say they cannot pursue a criminal case against 10 Chinese supervisors at the Kamchay dam worksite for severely beating four Cambodian workers, because the Cambodian men are not cooperating with the investigation after receiving monetary compensation from the Sinohydro company. ...

Chinese Supervisors Allegedly Beat Workers

Four workers at the Chinese-built Kamchay Dam in Kampot province were severely beaten by their Chinese supervisors on Saturday as punishment for allegedly stealing electrical wires, police said yesterday. The workers were chased by the supervisors on motorcycles, then beaten with wooden sticks and metal bars ...

Phnom Penh Residents Asked To Reduce Electricity Usage

State-run Electricite du Cambodge (EdC), the main provider of electricity in the country, has appealed to residents of Phnom Penh to reduce electricity use due to a power shortage, an EdC official said yesterday. The company is only able to produce 70 percent of the city’s ...

Nation's largest hydropower dam to open

Prime Minister Hun Sen will officially open the Chinese-made Kamchay dam in Kampot province today, the largest hydropower dam to date to operate in Cambodia and capable of supplying an extra 193.2 megawatts of energy. Environmental and human rights groups yesterday criticized the dam’s builder and ...

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