The Project involves the construction and operation of a 290 MW hydropower generation facility on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) arrangement at the Nam Ngiep River in the provinces of Bolikhamxay and Xaysomboun, Lao PDR.
|Project Name||NAM NGIEP 1 HYDROPOWER PROJECT|
|Borrower/Company||Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company Limited
|Country||Lao People's Democratic Republic
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Partnerships
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Large hydropower generation
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Portfolio Management Division, PSOD|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Gulshan, Karan Raj|
|Project Sponsor(s)||EGAT International
Kansai Electric Power Company Inc.
Lao Holding State Enterprise
|Description||The Project involves the construction and operation of a 290 MW hydropower generation facility on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) arrangement at the Nam Ngiep River in the provinces of Bolikhamxay and Xaysomboun, Lao PDR.|
|Objectives and Scope||As one of major export hydropower projects in Lao PDR, the Project will contribute to the country's economic growth and is an important component of the Government of Lao PDR's poverty-reduction strategy. For Thailand, the Project supports sustainable development through the provision of clean energy and energy diversification.|
|Status of Development Objectives||To be achieved.|
|Status of Operation/Construction||Construction has completed and commercial operations started on 5 Sept 2019.|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The Project is consistent with the country strategy and program for Lao PDR as it will develop export hydropower resources, increase the supply of affordable power, generate employment opportunities for Lao nationals, improve workforce skills, and provide local infrastructure in the project area, all of which will have multiplier effects to the country's economy. Moreover, the Project mobilizes large-scale foreign direct investment into Lao PDR.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||Key environmental impacts are associated with the inundation of 68km of terrestrial and riverine habitats, resulting in loss and alteration of habitats. A comprehensive program of mitigation, management, and biodiversity offsets are planned. The environment management plan also provides measures for advanced warning for downstream hydrological changes and management of riverbank erosion during operations.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project will involve relocation of more than 430 households and loss of land by more than 560 households. NNP1PC has prepared resettlement and livelihood restoration plans to responsibly resettle and compensate these people, many of whom are ethnic minority Hmong. NNP1PC has also prepared a social development plan comprising a public health action plan, a community development plan, and a labor management plan to mitigate impacts and promote social development in the project area.|
|Indigenous Peoples||See above.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||The Project has carried out and is continuing public consultations with stakeholders at household, village, provincial, and national levels.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||07 Apr 2014|
|Credit Committee Meeting||09 Jul 2014|
|Approval||14 Aug 2014|
|PDS Creation Date||24 Jan 2012|
|Last PDS Update||11 Sep 2020|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project: Master Plan for Livelihood Development||Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA||Dec 2019|
|Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project: Project Data Sheet (Lao Translation)||Translated PDS||Feb 2015|
|Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Jul 2014|
|Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jul 2014|
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