Controversial Pöyry tapped for Xayaburi

Multinational consulting and engineering firm Pöyry has signed a contract with the Lao government to supervise construction of the divisive Xayaburi hydropower dam in the country’s north on Nov 9, reports the Phnom Penh Post.

This work, carried out by its Energy Business Group, will include reviewing the design and supervising construction.

“The design includes multiple fish passages, fish-friendly turbines, low-level outlet gates for sediment flushing and navigation locks for shipping to minimise possible adverse environmental and social effects,” a company statement says.

Pöyry, which is under investigation by the Finnish government for its role in previous consulting on the dam, will work as the Lao government’s engineer on the project, which officially began last Wednesday.

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