Laos has safeguards to cut environmental and social impact of exporting power to S'pore: EMA

Mekong fishing communities in southern Laos living near the Don Sahong dam have lost significant income due to declined catches. PHOTO: INTERNATIONAL RIVERS
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SINGAPORE - Laos has safeguards that will help to reduce the environmental and social impacts of hydropower projects in the country, from where Singapore is importing renewable energy.

Mr Ralph Foong, deputy chief executive of the energy planning and development division at the Energy Market Authority (EMA), said: "One of the safeguards includes requiring all hydropower projects to undertake a comprehensive environment and social impact assessment, and to have impact management and monitoring plans before construction."

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