H.E. Pany Yathotou visits Nam Ngiep 1 Project
The President of the National Assembly of Laos, Her Excellency Madam Pany Yathotou, and her delegation visited the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1) in Borikhan District, Borikhamxay Province on 21 November 2017 to observe the development of the Project since her last visit more than two years ago.
At the start of the visit, the delegation was briefed on the progress of construction, and the advancement of the social and environmental activities of the Project. Following the briefing, the delegation were shown the construction of the main dam (now 89 % complete by concrete volume), the finished re-regulation dam, and the visit was concluded at the Houay Soup Resettlement Area (HSRA).
At HSRA the delegation was briefed about resettlement activities and social development. The visitors toured the settlement village and talked with villagers about their new life.
The Project is expected to relocate approximately 520 Project Affected Households from Borikhamxay and Xaysomboun Provinces that have made way for the construction of the Project. Currently, approximately 80 households are now living in the resettlement village at HSRA. The remaining households have chosen self-resettlement, resettling themselves either in Bolikhamxay or Xaysomboun Province, and all resettlement is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
As part of commitments to improve living conditions of all Project Affected People, NNP1 has supported the people in the Project areas with many varied livelihood activities which include fruit tree plantation, cattle, pig, poultry and fish raising, cultivation of cash crops including sweet corn and watermelons and rice yield improvement. As well as houses, the Project also provides infrastructure facilities such roads and bridges, health clinic, school buildings, and irrigation dams and canals for agricultural land to those who chose to move to HSRA.
Speaking during her visit, Madam Pany said she was very impressed with the quality of resettlement and social development programmes of the NNP1 Project. Socially and environmentally she considered the Project to be one the best examples of hydropower projects in Laos. Madam Pany described as impressive the infrastructure of the dams and canals for irrigating agricultural lands. These have been developed by the Project for the Laos people to cultivate their land all year round.
“We are very honoured to welcome Her Excellency, the President of the National Assembly and her delegation to the NNP1 Project. This is her second visit to the Project and we are extremely happy to receive her once again with her delegation and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Project Affected People and to the Government of Laos,” said Mr. Yoshihiro Yamabayashi, the Managing Director of Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company Limited.
The Nam Ngiep 1 Project is a 290-megawatt hydropower project under construction in Borikhamxay and Xaysomboun Provinces of the Lao PDR. The Project is being built and will be 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. The overall progress of all construction at the end of October 2017 was 86% overall, with substantial completion expected to be by August 2018. Start of electricity generation is anticipated to be by early 2019 if not late 2018.
Approximately 95% of the power will be sold to Thailand and the remaining will be used for domestic consumption.
The Project expects to generate more than USD 600 million in direct revenue and other indirect benefits to the Lao Government during its 27-year concession period, after which ownership will be transferred to the Lao Government.
Photo: ©NNP1PC/Mr. Vilakhone Sipaseuth
H.E Madam Pany Yathotou, the President of the National Assembly and her delegation visited the main dam of Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project in Borikhan District, Borikhamxay province, Laos.
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