Nghe An to stop licensing new hydropower projects The Saigon Times Daily The Ban Ve hydropower dam in Nghe An Province – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – The north-central province of Nghe An has decided to suspend licensing new hydropower projects, as they harm the environment and residents’ health, causing many negative effects despite their economic benefits, VietnamPlus news site reported. Specifically, during the monsoon, many localities in the province witness large volumes of water being discharged from hydropower plants, coupled with upstream water, causing heavy flooding and landslides and sweeping away houses and bridges. As such, proposals to refrain from licensing new hydropower projects are sent to the competent authorities each year. Some hydropower dams’ water release in the monsoon in August and September caused heavy flooding and severe damage in multiple mountainous localities. Even though the operators of these plants compensated for the damage suffered by households in the province after the flood, the leader of Nghe An Province noted that the damage caused by hydropower plants was significant, while support from these plants for the affected households was insufficient to cover their losses. Nghe An Province is home to 32 licensed hydropower projects, with a combined capacity of 1,356 megawatts, of which 12 projects have been put into service, with a total capacity of 739 megawatts. In addition to major hydropower plants such as Ban Ve, Khe Bo and Hua Na, the remaining small projects are mainly located near rivers and streams in far-flung or poverty-stricken localities.