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Laos to start building Xayaburi dam

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Laos will this week start construction of the 120 billion baht hydropower Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River that has been delayed for 18 months amid fierce opposition from downstream countries and activist groups. 

The ground-breaking ceremony will take place on Wednesday at the site of the dam, according to Lao Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Viraphonh Viravong.

Bangkok-based Ch Karnchang Plc, PTT Pcl and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) are among major shareholders of Xayaburi Power Co, the dam's operator.

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