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Executive Vice President of Kansai Visit to NNP1 Project

 

Mr. YOSHIHIRO DOI, the Executive Vice President of Kansai is one of the members of Investment Committee of Kansai, visited Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1PC) to hear the current construction progress, situation and obtain some hints and views for further investments from this Project.
Kansai Electric Power of Japan set their sight high for oversea investments and they are challenging to expand their business, wherever there is any chance to invest.

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Time Lapse of Main Dam and Powerhouse (2017)

 

The official ceremony to mark the start of RCC placement in the dam was held on Monday, 30th May 2016 at the dam site in Bolikhan District, Bolikhamxay Province, Lao PDR.

Currently, RCC placement at the main dam is 60 % complete by concrete volume and the total dam concrete volume placed to-date has reached 1.4 million m3. The dam height has reached 88 m or 53 % of its final height.

Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1) is constructing the highest Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) gravity dam in Laos and the highest dam ever constructed by a Japanese Company. When completed, it will be 167 meters in height with a crest length of 530 meters. The dam is being built across the Nam Ngiep River in Bolikhan District, Bolikhamxay Province, Lao PDR.

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Financial Close and Safe Construction Ceremony (12th April 2013)

 

What is now known as the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project was identified in the early 1990s and a preliminary feasibility study conducted in 1991. The Lao government’s agreements with the Project’s initial developers expired and in 1996 the government requested the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to conduct a full feasibility study into social and environmental impacts and technical and commercial aspects.

The JICA study, conducted over two phases from 1998-2000 and from 2001-2002, confirmed the Project’s technical feasibility on a build-operate-transfer basis and made recommendations for its optimal development based on physical, economic and environmental and social safeguard considerations.

Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Company joined other interested Japanese partners on further studies in May 2003, and in April 2006 signed a project development agreement with the government. A year later Kansai and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) entered an agreement to develop the Project. Consultations with people living in the project area continued alongside technical studies on topography and geology. On the legal development side, a revised memorandum of understanding on tariffs was concluded in July 2011 and a power purchase agreement signed in 2013.

In late 2013 and early 2014 preparations for construction began, with the planning of the access road. As agreements were reached with local people and authorities, work began on the road while discussions continued on how best to arrange resettlement and compensation for all people affected by the Project. In May 2014 national-level consultations involving villagers, local officials, senior politicians, the project developers and financial backers, followed village, district and provincial level meetings. In September that year Financial close was reached as the nine banks backing the project reached agreement on fiscal and legal terms, paving the way for full construction to commence.9

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Japan Bank for International Cooperation visits NNP1 Project on 26th May 2017.

 

In August 2014, JBIC signed a loan agreement totaling up to USD200 million (JBIC portion) with Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company Limited
(NNP1), a Laotian company invested by The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO), EGAT International Company Limited, a subsidiary
of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE), a Laotian state-owned company, for
financing the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydro Power Plant Project, which is the first project financing in Lao PDR for JBIC.

Additionally, in September, JBIC signed a loan agreement totaling up to USD34.5 million (JBIC portion) with the Government of
Lao PDR, for financing its investment in NNP1 through LHSE.

Through these two loans, JBIC provided overall financial support to the cross-border infrastructure project, spanning from Lao PDR to
Thailand and carried out by a Japanese electric power company.

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10 Days After Impounding Water in Re-regulation Dam

 

Water discharged from the Main Powerhouse will flow into the Re-Regulating Reservoir, created so that a smooth discharge of water can be released on a daily basis downstream. By storing discharged water from the Main Dam during power peaks, re-using it for domestic power generation and releasing it downstream evenly on a 24-hour basis on weekdays, the re-regulation system helps to mitigate potential environmental impacts caused by fluctuations in water level.

The water can be released either directly through the Re-Regulation Dam, located 6.2 km downstream from the main dam, or through the Re- Regulation Powerhouse. The Re-Regulation Dam is a free overflow type concrete gravity dam approximately 90 meters long and 20 meters high.

The Re-Regulation Powerhouse will have an 18-MW capacity, able to generate 105 GWh of power annually through a single bulb type turbine. This power station will generate energy for delivery to EDL.

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Ceremony of Impouding Water in the Re-regulation Dam

 

An impounding ceremony took place on 15th May 2017 at the re-regulation dam in Bolikhan District, Bolikhamxay Province, Lao PDR and was attended by Dr. Kongkeo Xaysongkham, Governor of Bolikhamxay Province, provincial government officials, community members, and the senior management and staff of NNP1.

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Hatsaykham Hamlet Documentary

 

This documentary aims to document history, culture, traditional beliefs, and livelihood activities of people of Hatsaykham Hamlet in Bolikhan District, Bolikhamxay Province, the Lao PDR, prior to resettlement for future reference.

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NNP1PC | Documentary about Education Programme for Project Affected People (PAP)

 

A basic literacy programme is one of the key responsibilities specified in the Concession Agreement between the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project and the Government of Laos, and the Education Development Plan.  This programme focuses on people in the four villages of Soupyouak, Namyouak, Souppouan and Houaypamom in Hom District, Xaysomboun Province in Lao PDR. The villages are impacted by the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project and the majority of villagers are Hmong.

The literary programme started in 2014 in order to create an education opportunity for the adults who cannot speak or write the Lao language.

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NNP1PC | Plant new lives for resettlers at Houaysoup Resettlement Village

 

The Tree Planting Ceremony was held on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 at the Houay Soup Resettlement Area (HSRA) in Borikhan District,BorikhamxayProvince, and was attended by Mr. Lamsamai Volasanh, Chairman of Lao Front for National Construction of Borikhamxay Province, Mr. Leng Xiong Tongxi, Chairman of Lao Front for National Construction of Xaysomboun Province, and other local government officials from bothBorikhamxayand Xaysomboun Provinces, contractors, and local communities.

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NNP1PC | The First Roller Compacted Concrete Placement at Main Dam

 

The NNP1 Project now begins the RCC placement of the main dam in order to store water for power generation. Once constructed, it will be the highest RCC dam to be built in Laos. The dam will be 167 metre in height and 530 metres in the crest length.

RCC stands for Roller Compacted Concrete. It is a concrete mix of cement and fly ash from Thailand, locally quarried aggregates and water.  The total volume of concrete to be placed at the main dam is around 2.3 million cubic metres.

Like any other dams, NNP1 dam is required to have sufficient stability against over-turning and sliding, and have water-tightness so the selection of good materials, optimal mixing and appropriate placing to the latest international best practices are the most important.

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NNP1PC | Project Update, March 2016

 

Currently, we start working on the powerhouse to install turbines and generators and also transmission line to connect our electricity grid to Nabong substation. At the same time we plan to reach targets and expect to start initial impoundment in December 2018.  We plan to test the turbines and generators and start our business in early 2019. Now the overall progress of the construction is more than 30% but by the end of 2016 it will be more than 60%. The NNP1 Project now begins the RCC placement of the main dam in order to store water for power generation. Once constructed, it will be the highest RCC dam to be built in Laos. The dam will be 167 metre in height and 530 metres in the crest length. 

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NNP1PC | Lender visits, JBIC

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NNP1PC | Overview Project | English Version

 

NNP1PC, the Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company was formed by Kansai Electric Power of Japan, EGAT international, and Lao Holding State Enterprise on 12 April 2013 to develop, finance, construct, own and operate the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project.

The company has its Head Office in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. The Site Office is located in Bolikhan district, Bolikhamxay Province in Lao PDR, where the Project is located.  The Company also operates small satellite offices in both Bolikhamxay and Xaysomboun Provinces to manage environmental and social aspects of the Project.

The Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project is a reservoir-type hydropower project with a total installed capacity of 290 megawatts (MW). Construction is underway in both the Bolikhamxay and Xaysomboun Provinces, Lao PDR.

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NNP1PC | Overview Project | Lao Version

 

NNP1PC, the Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company was formed by Kansai Electric Power of Japan, EGAT international, and Lao Holding State Enterprise on 12 April 2013 to develop, finance, construct, own and operate the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project.

The company has its Head Office in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. The Site Office is located in Bolikhan district, Bolikhamxay Province in Lao PDR, where the Project is located.  The Company also operates small satellite offices in both Bolikhamxay and Xaysomboun Provinces to manage environmental and social aspects of the Project.

The Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project is a reservoir-type hydropower project with a total installed capacity of 290 megawatts (MW). Construction is underway in both the Bolikhamxay and Xaysomboun Provinces, Lao PDR.