(EnergyAsia, June 30) — Thailand and Myanmar are due to soon hammer out an agreement to cooperate on the joint development of electricity generation by damming the Salween River.


The joint development plan will benefit both countries as it would reduce their reliance on increasingly expensive fossil fuels and provide a much cheaper source of energy, Thai press reports reported the country’s Energy Minister Viset Choopiban as saying.


There are plans for six dams along the Salween River with total electricity generations pegged at 15,000 MW, said Mr Viset.


Once a memorandum of understanding is signed, the two countries will conduct a study on electricity demand, the scale of investment needed and an environmental impact assessment (EIA).


However, the development of the Salween River as a source of energy could take years to materialise because of the potential resistance from environmentalists. It took 11 for the Nam Theun 2 dam in Laos to be built.