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Laos: Groups call on companies to be held accountable for collapse of Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam

On July 23, 2018, a dam in the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower project collapsed and released massive amount of water that resulted to disastrous flooding in districts of southern Laos.

Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company published a statement on their relief efforts in the affected communities. SK E&C also has a similar statement.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies involved in the construction and finance of the project to respond to allegations of faulty construction. The companies invited to respond were: 1) Export-Import Bank of Korea; 2) Krung Thai Bank; 3) Bank of Ayudhaya; 4) Lao Holding State Enterprise; 5) Korea Western Power Company; 6) Mitsubishi UFJ Bank 7) Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company; 8) SK E&C; and 9) Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company. None of these companies responded.

 

 

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Company non-response
26 August 2018

Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company did not respond

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company to respond to a report alleging faulty construction of the collapsed dam that forms part of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in Champassak, Laos.  The company did not respond.

Company non-response
26 August 2018

SK E&C did not respond

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited SK E&C to respond to a report alleging faulty construction of the collapsed dam that forms part of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in Champassak, Laos.  The company did not respond.

Company non-response
26 August 2018

Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company did not respond

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company to respond to a report alleging faulty construction of the collapsed dam that forms part of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in Champassak, Laos.  The company did not respond.

Article
29 July 2018

Laos: Official says project developer must be held accountable for dam collapse

Author: Radio Free Asia

"Lao Dam Collapse Caused by Heavy Rains, Faulty Construction: Minister", 26 July 2018

A high-ranking Lao official suggested...that a dam collapse earlier this week in Champassak province was the result of faulty construction and said the project’s developer should be held accountable, as the death toll from flooding has reached 30, with more than 20 hospitalized for injuries.

...Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath...[said] that the burst was caused by “heavy rainfall” and “construction technique.”

Earlier...Khammany told reporters that the construction company should take full responsibility for the incident.

“I confirm that compensation will be given according to the concession agreement,” he said.

“Everything that happened is related to the dam construction, so the developer [Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Power Co. Ltd] must be held 100 percent accountable,” he added, without providing further details.

...[D]eath toll from the collapse had risen to 30...with more than 20 people hospitalized with related injuries...

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