For­eign dam com­pany de­fends it­self

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

The Snowy Moun­tains En­gi­neer­ing Corp (SMEC) has de­fended its role in draw­ing up an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment re­port for a con­tro­ver­sial dam in Myan­mar that faces strong lo­cal re­sis­tance SBS re­ported on 4 Au­gust.

The 7,000 megawatt dam on the Sal­ween River in eastern Myan­mar is backed by Chi­nese, Myan­mar and Thai com­pa­nies, and will flood 676 square kilo­me­tres of low-ly­ing farm­land and for­est.

The dam, in eastern Shan State, is be­ing funded by China Three Gorges Cor­po­ra­tion and Thai­land’s Elec- tric­ity Gen­er­at­ing Au­thor­ity, and is also known as the Mong Ton Hy­dropower Pro­ject.

De­spite strong re­sis­tance from lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, SMEC says it is un­der­tak­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pact assess­ments (EIA/SIA) and ad­her­ing to in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice.

Shan com­mu­nity groups say the dam lies in an area con­tested by sev­eral of the largest eth­nic armed groups in Shan State.

Be­tween 20,000 and 300,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to be dis­placed by the pro­ject.

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