Asian bank approves monitoring funds for Laos’ 1,070-MW Nam Theun 2

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved US$400,000 to provide consultants for safeguard monitoring of people affected by construction of the 1,070-MW Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project on Laos’ Nam Theun River.

Nam Theun 2 Power Co., a venture of EDF International, Italian-Thai Development, Electricity Generating Plc. of Thailand, and Laos government-owned Electricite du Laos, is building Nam Theun 2. The project includes a 39-meter-tall dam, a 450-square-kilometer reservoir, and a diversion of water from the Nam Theun to another Mekong River tributary, the Xe Bang Fai River.

ADB said the livelihoods of people living in the affected area are to be restored in accordance with the project concession agreement. The US$400,000 in technical assistance funding is to ensure implementation of livelihood programs. (HNN 6/18/08)

International consultants are to be hired for 12 person-months over two years. Recruitment of consultants was slated to begin in June, according to project documents.

ADB is the implementing agency. The ADB project officer is Duy-Thanh Bui, Energy Economist, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326944; E-mail: buiduythanh@adb.org; Internet: www.adb.org.

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