Eleven massive dams straddle the mighty Mekong River before it leaves China and flows into Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and on into Vietnam.
What are the dams along the Mekong River?
Two hydropower dams, Xayaburi and Don Sahong, have completed the PNPCA and are operational. Four others have undergone the PNPCA process but have yet to officially begin construction (Pak Beng, Pak Lay, Luang Prabang and Sanakham).
When was the first dam built on the Mekong River?
After making modifications to the dam’s design, Laos started construction with a ceremony on 7 November 2012. The Xayaburi Dam is the first of the 11 dams planned on the lower Mekong.
|Type of dam||Run-of-river concrete barrage|
|Height||32.6 m (107 ft)|
|Length||820 m (2,690 ft)|
What’s the biggest dam in the world?
Currently, the tallest dam in the world is Nurek Dam on the Vakhsh River in Tajikistan. It is 984 feet (300 meters) tall. Hoover Dam is 726.4 feet (221.3 meters) tall. Today, Hoover Dam still ranks in the top 20 of the tallest dams in the world, but only in the concrete gravity and arch categories.
Who built the first dam in the world?
The first constructed dams were gravity dams, which are straight dam made of masonry (stone brick) or concrete that resists the water load by means of weight. .” Around 2950-2750 B.C, the ancient Egyptians built the first known dam to exist.
What is wrong with the Mekong River?
Population growth, poor land-use planning and economic policies that encourage the unsustainable use of natural resources are among the factors increasing deforestation and biodiversity loss across the Greater Mekong region.