Safeguard monitoring planned for Laos’ 1,070-MW Nam Theun 2

The Asian Development Bank is considering a program 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. (HNN 12/3/07)

ADB said the livelihoods of people living in the affected area are to be restored in accordance with the project concession agreement. It is considering providing US$400,000 in technical assistance funding to ensure implementation of livelihood programs.

International consultants would 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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