General View of Main Dam

General View of Regulation Reservoir

Beautiful View of Nam Ngiep River

Vocational Education Training Programme for Project Affected People

Student Receiving Health Care Service

Garden activities of Students at Phohomxay

Students at Phouhomxay Kingdergarten

Welcome to the Nam Ngiep1 Hydropower Project

Nam Ngiep 1 is a 290-megawatt hydropower project under operation in Bolikhamxay and Xaysomboun provinces of the Lao PDR. The project is being operated by the Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company, whose goal is to build a socially and environmentally responsible power project that will provide clean renewable electricity and contribute to poverty reduction in Laos.

Two dams and power stations were constructed along the Ngiep River in Bolikhamxay. The main 167-metre-high dam creates a water storage reservoir covering a 67-km2 area extending into Xaysomboun province. Around 4,000 people, mainly ethnic Hmong, were resettled to the Houaysoup area of Bolikhamxay and other districts in both Bolihamxay and Xaysomboun provinces to facilitate the creation of the plant.

At the main dam site a primary power station generates around 272 MW of electricity for export to Thailand and releases water to a regulating pond where a second dam and power station generates around 18 MW of electricity for local use. The re-regulating dam ensures smooth release of water to minimise the disruption on water levels in the river downstream.

Through close cooperation and collaboration with local authorities and all stakeholders, NNP1 successfully relocated Project Affected People in 2018  and is now developing and providing them with a range of livelihood programmes to improve their living conditions. For more details on the project’s social programs click here.

Environmental protection is also crucial to the long-term success of the project and NNP1 has created a dedicated Environmental Management Office to ensure that the project minimizes its local footprint and also contributes to improved conservation measures and environmental awareness on a national scale. Information on Nam Ngiep 1 environment programmes is available here.

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