Cheay Areng Dam

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Cheay Areng Dam is a proposed 108-megawatt (145,000 hp) dam project on Areng river in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. Sinohydro Resources Ltd, a holding company for Sinohydro Group from China was granted approval on February 19 for six months of extensive drilling, geological mapping and prospecting in the dam concession.[1] Cambodia is a country in great need of electricity.[2] The Central Cardamom Protected Forest (CCPF) complex covers 4,013 square kilometres (1,549 sq mi) square kilometers.[3] The largest unbroken tract of woodland in Southeast Asia, it is made up of a series of adjoining national parks. About 1300 indigenous people live in Areng Valley. Furthermore, it has a high biodiversity being inhabited by 31 endangered animal species, including the world’s second-largest population of wild Siamese crocodile.[4] China Guodian Corporation once intended to build the dam.[3] Buddhist monks and villagers are against the project.[3]

As of 2014, the indigenous Chong people continue to oppose construction of the dam, which would provide power principally to neighboring countries.[5]


  1. ^ Pye, Daniel (2014-03-25). "Areng Valley mining may unseat dam, National". Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  2. ^ Duggleby, Luke (2013-12-01). "Have a little faith". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  3. ^ a b c Duggleby, Luke (2013-05-16). "Can A Few Monks Save the Cardamom Forest?". The Global Mail. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  4. ^ Mayhew, Joanna (2014-03-04). "The mysterious Areng Valley - Writer Joanna Mayhew and photographer Conor Wall enter the Cardamom Forest to discover the natural beauty of the mysterious Areng Valley, an area facing an uncertain future". AsiaLIFE Cambodia. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  5. ^ Mam, Kalyanee (2014-10-19). "Will Cambodia Flood a Sacred and Biodiverse Valley for a Dubious Dam?". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2014-10-24.