By Apinya Wipatayotin
Bangkok, Thailand, February 24, 2016
A feasibility study on a proposal to build a tunnel diverting water from the Mekong River to the drought-stricken Northeast region will be wrapped up by year-end and will determine whether the multi-billion baht project is economically viable, a senior irrigation official says.
Somkiat Prajamwong, director of the Project Management Office, Department of Royal Irrigation, said the study on the Mekong-Loei-Chi-Mun project, which will manage and divert water from the Mekong to the Chi and the Mun rivers, will also focus on the technical and engineering aspects to make sure water can be diverted to the destinations using only the principle of gravity.
The tunnel project has been proposed by many governments with many feasibility studies having been undertaken.
The latest pre-feasibility study was done in 2008 and the feasibility study was later completed in 2012. The department decided to conduct an additional assessment in October of last year.
Panya Consultant company was selected for the study, which should be completed by Dec 31, 2016, with a final decision on the project a couple of months afterwards.
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