On the Mekong River in China was recently built and modern hydroelectric dam Niozhadu, fifth in the province of Yunnan. Experts believe that such construction irreparable damage to the ecosystem of the river.
River hydrological system are enough to change the previous four dams considerably slowed down the process of reproduction and movement of nutrients to the river people, changed the order of formation of river sediments. Significantly changed the Mekong Delta, the longest waterway in Southeast Asia (~ 4500 km), where more than 700 species of freshwater fish, many of which are on the verge of extinction, such as catfish.
Fifth appearance of the dam will only reduce the chances of flora and fauna to survive, in a dangerous situation will be 60 million people whose well-being depends on the deep river. In periods of drought, 40% of water from the Mekong do not give land downstream dry completely. Increase in the number of dams can not change the situation for the better in Vietnam. On this basis, it may be even the political tension in the region.
However, the first working hydroelectric power has been launched in the last month, the investment in the project from China continues to measure a huge amount. Attracts new power plant, capable of producing 24,000 GWh per year, which will replace the more than 9 million tons of coal, making power in China more environmentally friendly. The fact that the price in the end may be too high, while no one is paying attention. Like the fact that the dam had to be relocated about 43 thousand people.
First Nuozhadu will transfer power between the western and eastern China. Possible dispatch of hydropower to neighboring Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.