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Thai Lawsuit Threatens to Derail Laos Plans for Mekong River Dam

A group of Thai villagers moved to block a state-run company from buying electricity generated by a hydropower dam in Laos in a bid to halt the $3.6 billion project on the Mekong River that is opposed by downstream nations.

The 37 villagers filed a lawsuit in the Administrative Court today to cancel an agreement for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand to buy almost all the power from the 1,285-megawatt dam. Ch. Karnchang Pcl, PTT Pcl and Electricity Generating Pcl are among major shareholders of Xayaburi Power Co., the dam’s operator.