Lower Sesan II dam substation injects Ratanakkiri with 50MW more power

The 400MW Lower Sesan II Hydropower Dam will provide Ratanakkiri province with 50MW of electricity via a newly completed substation that was officially launched last week, said a provincial electricity authority official. The official, who declined to be named, told The Post on Sunday that ...

Thou Vireak

PM: Electricity rates to drop ‘in 14 days’

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday pledged that electricity rates will drop across the Kingdom next year, saying his “sharing policy”, promised before the July 29 national elections, “will come true in the next 14 days”. ...

Ben Sokhean

Lower Sesan II dam opens

Situated in Stung Treng province’s Sesan district, the hydropower dam is Asia’s longest at 6.5km. It is a joint venture by Chinese company Hydrolancang International, Cambodian company Royal Group, and Vietnamese company Vietnam Electricity. The project is a 45-year Build-Operate-Transfer contract, in which five years was ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Ratanakkiri gov’t to ban land sale in protected areas

While the Ratanakkiri provincial administration will not recognise illegal land transactions in the province’s protected areas, an NGO says its action is not effective and forest crimes continue unabated. The administration’s letter dated October 19 and obtained by The Post on Monday came after Minister ...

Mech Dara

Sesan dam goes online, while PM dismisses environmental concerns

The floodgates of the largest and most controversial dam project in the country’s history officially closed yesterday at an inauguration ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who took aim at environmentalists, ambassadors and NGOs in a wide-ranging speech. ...

Phak Seangly and Daphne Chen

Sesan dam families ask PM for help

Ten representatives of 143 indigenous families affected by the development of the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam in Stung Treng province gathered yesterday to submit a petition to the Interior Ministry and the Prime Minister’s cabinet. ...

Pech Sotheary

Minorities forced to trek from Sesan village

About 100 ethnic minority members were forced to trek 12 km on Wednesday out of a Stung Treng village on the verge of being flooded by a new hydroelectric dam after authorities blockaded a road. ...

Aun Pheap

Sesan locals protest over supporters’ detention

The temporary detention and questioning of 24 people travelling to the reservoir area of the Lower Sesan II dam prompted a three-hour confrontation between Military Police and provincial police officials and more than 100 villagers in Stung Treng’s Kbal Romea village yesterday. ...

Phak Seangly

Waters rising in Sesan dam villages as holdouts sit tight

Rescuers armed with speed boats and emergency supplies have been deployed to two Stung Treng province villages where residents remain despite expected flooding as the country’s largest hydropower dam undergoes testing. ...

Aun Pheap

Sesan residents brace for floods

The doors of the Lower Sesan II dam were closed on Saturday for a monthlong test run, forcing more than 100 families holding out in Stung Treng’s Srekor and Kbal Romea communes to prepare for floods. Since the doors’ closure on Saturday morning, water levels ...

Phak Seangly

Gov’t rejects 11th-hour reprieve for Sesan dam families

An official in Stung Treng province said there was no way to grant a last-minute reprieve requested on Thursday by villagers whose homes could be flooded within days once testing of the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam begins on Saturday. ...

Aun Pheap

More evictees may have recourse through IFC

Rights groups say families being forced off their land by development projects recently revealed to have World Bank Group backing could probably file successful complaints against the institution, effectively forcing it to help the families save their homes or at least win better compensation. ...

Zsombor Peter

More families take deals to vacate dam site

Another 73 families in Stung Treng province have accepted the government’s offer of new land in exchange for the farms they will lose to the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam currently under construction, the second group to take the deal.​ ...

Kang Sothear

Sesan II reservoir a laundry for illegal timber

Filthy trucks loaded with luxury timber rule the red-earth roads in this heavily deforested district. Each day, dozens of 10-wheelers bounce along the pot-holed roads, carting logs of the much-sought Thnong timber. And while some of the cargo is legal, much of it is not. ...

Matt Blomberg and Phann Ana

NGOs lobby China, companies over Sesan dam

A group of 15 local and international rights groups Tuesday sent a slew of letters to the Chinese government and companies involved in the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam in Stung Treng province seeking a halt to dam construction due to serious environmental and social ...

Simon Henderson

Waiting for the deluge

The Lower Sesan II dam project is a microcosm of the carving up of Cambodia. In one of the world’s most diverse river ecosystems, the ground burns. Whole forests are felled with scant regard for the law, while the project is backed by the country’s ...

Daniel Pye and Phak Seangly

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