Environmental Safeguards

The Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Project has completed a thorough Environmental and Social Impact Assessment conducted by leading consultants with extensive experience in environmental engineering. An Environmental Management Plan was drawn up collaboratively by the project developers, representatives from the Lao PDR, local administrations, affected people and all stakeholders.

The project’s planning and operation is designed to conform to international standards and Mekong River Commission (MRC) guidelines as well as related laws in the Lao PDR and Thailand.

The Lao PDR has some of the leading environmental and social impact prevention legislation in Southeast Asia, as the country realizes the importance of protecting the environment while promoting social development. In addition, as this project is one of the largest electricity generating projects on the mainstream of the Lower Mekong River, the Lao PDR government has consulted and received recommendations from the MRC on significant subjects, such as sediment routing and fish passage improvement.

Before construction of the project began, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA),

Social Impact Assessment (SIA), Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) were all approved by the Lao government according to legal requirements.

Xayaburi HPP has been appropriately designed using the best available technologies in hydropower development to prevent and minimize all environmental and social risks. In particular, these include fishery resources conservation, sediment routing, navigation and riverbank erosion.




Riverbank Erosion