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Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project

Nam Theun 2 Dam has been constructed for hydroelectric power generation in the central part of Lao PDR, a landlocked country in Southeast Asia.  The Nam Theun 2 Power Company (NTPC), the project operator, is a joint investment with Electricité de France holding 40%, Lao Holding State Enterprise holding 25%, and Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand’s subsidiary company, Electricity Generating Public Company Limited, holding 35% share.  Nam Theun 2 is the biggest public project in Laos with the total project cost of approximately US $ 1.45 billion, almost equivalent to one quarter of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.  The dam is 48 metres high, and 450 square kilometres of the Nakai Plateau’s wetlands was submerged to make a way for the dam’s reservoir.  The project has the capacity of generating 1,070 megawatt of electricity, 995 megawatt of which is sold to Thailand with the rest consumed domestically.  The project aims to reduce Laos PDR’s poverty with revenues obtained from electricity sales.

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