Aus­tralian com­pany crit­i­cised over Mong Ton dam

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Aus­tralia’s Snowy Moun­tains En­gi­neer­ing Corp (SMEC) is fac­ing mount­ing crit­i­cism over its role in a 7000 megawatt hy­dropower pro­ject in Myan­mar, Sky News re­ported on 27 July.

The SMEC is un­der­tak­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pact stud­ies into the con­struc­tion of the $US8 bil­lion ($A11 bil­lion) Mong Ton or Tasang Dam, over­seen by China’s Three Gorges Corp, in Myan­mar’s eastern Shan State.

SMEC’s ef­forts to carry out lo­cal meet­ings and con­sul­ta­tions on the pro­ject have met with sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal re­sis­tance.

The SMEC said in a state­ment it was striv­ing to im­ple­ment a par- tic­i­pa­tive, in­clu­sive and trans­par­ent con­sul­ta­tion process, and had tried to en­gage with civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions with lim­ited suc­cess.

It comes as Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice (AFP) in­ves­ti­gate the cor­po­ra­tion over al­leged for­eign bribes, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

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