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Laos Energy Ministry to join investigation into dam failure

The Ministry of Energy and Mines is ready to join with all stakeholders in a government mission to investigate the cause of the damage to saddle dam D at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project, which resulted in serious flooding and destruction in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, according to Vientiane Times. “We have set up a committee to deal with this investigation. I think we are ready to perform our duty,” the Ministry’s Office Head, Dr Daovong Phonekeo, said on Thursday. The committee would also invite countries whose companies were registered as shareholders in the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower plant to carry out an intensive investigation to determine the true cause of the tragedy. The World Bank and other internationally recognized independent experts would also take part in the investigation. The Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has pledged to carry out an investigation into the real cause of the collapse, to determine whether...

 

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