Their expected output would total up to 7,940 MW or 33% of their installed capacity (23,594 MW). This is a large scale upgrade since currently coal is just 2%.
Covering 360 square kilometers of the heavily forested Botum Sakor National Park, Dara Sakor was conceived as a tourism hub in 2008.
Piles of industrial and electronic waste dumped in protected forest in the eastern province of Sa Kaew were cleared on Wednesday, making way for the Pollution Control Department to soon move in to check whether toxic residues would endanger the health of local residents.
Vietnam throws away about 1.8 million tonnes of plastic every year, standing 17th among 109 countries in terms of plastic waste volume released.
Cambodia announced that it will send 1,600 tonnes of plastic waste back to the U.S. and Canada.
Understanding how plastic flows along the Mekong into the ocean is key to reducing its impacts.
Unsustainable agriculture, rising sea levels, construction of dams on the Mekong and increased soil and water salinisation are also concerns.
Mekong River water levels that fell dramatically on Thursday under impact from dam operations will soon recover, says the national water management agency.
The government expects to earn US$3.9 billion from the operation of the dam throughout the 29-year concession period, including US$1.897 billion in royalties and US$637 million in taxes.
The government has pledged to use this money to fund poverty reduction programmes and infrastructure development so that Laos can catch up with other countries in terms of overall development.
The Chinese-backed Nam Ou 4 dam is one of seven dams planned for the Nam Ou River, which traverses Phongsaly and Luangprabang provinces in northern Laos.