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Nam Ngiep 1 Project provides education and health care support to local people

The Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1) is committed to improving education and wellbeing of local communities who have been impacted by the Project and the commitment will be further strengthened through education and health-care facilities that were handed on 25 October 2017.

The official opening ceremony of school buildings and a health centre was made at the Houay Soup Resettlement Area (HSRA) in Bolikhan District, Bolikhamxay Province, Lao PDR and attended by high-ranking government officials from Bolikhamxay Province, senior management of the NNP1 Project, contractors and local authorities and people from HSRA.

The school facilities at HSRA include a kindergarten with teachers’ accommodation, a primary school with teachers’ offices, a secondary school with teachers’ offices and teacher accommodation.  The schools are part of the facilities that have been constructed to provide quality teaching and learning environment to the students who live, or will be living in HSRA.

The health centre at HRSA aims to provide basic health care to approximately 1,600 people in HSRA and those communities nearby.  The two-building centre consists of in-patient and out-patient facilities, an emergency room, a delivery room and a dormitory.  Both the health centre and school buildings are constructed at a cost of more than 6.6 billion kip.

“NNPP1 Project is committed to long-term development of these communities and we believe that these facilities will help us to realize our goals,” said Mr. Prapard Pan-Aram, the Deputy Managing Director -Environmental and Social Division of Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company Limited.

The Nam Ngiep 1 Project is a 290-megawatt hydropower project under construction in Bolikhamxay 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 construction at the end of September 2017 is approximately 84%, with completion is expected to be by August 2018. Start of electricity generation is expected to be by early 2019 if not late 2018.

Approximately 520 households from Hatsaykham Village, Borikhan District, Borikhamxay Province, and four other villages in Hom District, Xaysomboun Province, will be relocated to make way for the construction of the Project.  Under close cooperation and strong support from the Government of Laos and best international practices, arrangements of compensation and relocation of these households have been underway and the first relocation of the people to HSRA was made in late November 2016.  It is expected that approximately 100 households will be living in the area by the end of 2017.

The remaining households have chosen to receive full compensation and resettle themselves either in Bolikhamxay or Xaysomboun Province, and all resettlement is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

The opening of the school and the health-care facilities and implementation of many livelihood activities have been provided to Project Affected People since construction of the Project started in late 2014 aim to improve the living conditions of the people and double their income within 10 years after the Commercial Operation Date.

Health Center at Houaysoup Resettlement Project

Primary School at Houaysoup Resettlement Project

Secondary School at Houaysoup Resettlement Project