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Laos to Start Building Mekong Dam This Week Amid Opposition

Laos will start construction this week on a $3.6 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that has been delayed for 18 months amid opposition from downstream countries and activist groups.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Nov. 7 at the site of the dam, according to Viraphonh Viravong, deputy minister of energy and mining. Bangkok-based Ch. Karnchang Pcl, PTT Pcl and Electricity Generating Pcl are among major shareholders of Xayaburi Power Co., the dam’s operator.