Cambodian government gives go ahead for Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower project


The Cambodian government has given the go ahead for a new hydropower project which will produce 400 megawatts of power. The project has proven controversial because it will require the displacement of 5,000 villagers and a possible loss of valuable fishing to as many as 100,000 people according to the Cambodia Daily.

The full press release as published in the Agence Kampuchea Presse is as follows:

“The weekly cabinet meeting held here this morning under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen passed the Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Development Project, according to the Press and Quick Reaction Unit’s press release issued after the meeting.

The 400-megawatt hydropower dam project was implemented by Hydro Power Lower Sesan 2 Co., Ltd, a joint venture between local company and Vietnamese and Chinese companies with a total investment capital of US$781.52 million, indicated the press release.

The project is developed under the BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) form for 45 years, including 5 years for the construction, and the royal government is expected to generate on average some US$29,59 million tax a year from this project, it added.

Each of the family who are required to resettle due to the project will receive five ha of land lot for the farming, and a house standardized for 8 persons, underlined the press release.

The Lower Sesan 2 Hydro Dam will be built in Phlouk commune, Sesan district, Stung Treng province on the Sesan River, one of the important tributaries of Mekong River.”

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