(December 15, 2010) Critics of the Nam Theun 2 dam in Laos say it’s a perfect example of why the World Bank should stop its support of large dams, writes Brady Yauch.
Nam Theun electricity consortium: Rising water, falling expectations
(September 17, 2008) In June of this year, the World Bank-financed and French-led Nam Theun 2 Electricity Consortium began filling the Nam Theun 2 reservoir in central Laos despite its failure to produce feasible plans and the necessary budget for restoring displaced people’s livelihoods, Shannon Lawrence of US-based International Rivers reports.
Compensation estimates for Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project, Lao PDR – 2006
(August 1, 2006) View report
US$100 million for Nam Theun 2
(April 28, 2005) The government has signed a series of finance documents for loans and grants in excess of US$100 million for the Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project.
Nam Theun 2 figures don’t add up
(April 5, 2005) On March 31, the World Bank executive directors approved a $50 million partial risk guarantee, a $20 million grant, and up to $200 million in political risk guarantees for the controversial Nam Theun 2 hydroelectricity project in Laos, despite a World Bank economic project analysis with very questionable assumptions.
Nam Theun 2 figures don’t add up
(April 5, 2005) The World Bank’s final report on Nam Theun 2 relies on key assumptions that contradict both official Thai government plans for the power sector and the findings of other World Bank- commissioned reports on NamTheun 2.
PRESS RELEASE World Bank dam will generate debt burden for Laotians
(April 1, 2005) The World Bank’s decision to finance the US$1.2 billion Nam Theun 2 hydro project will become an intractable debt burden for Laotians in years to come, warns Probe International, a Canadian-based foreign aid watchdog.
PRESS RELEASE Bankrolling Nam Theun 2
(March 31, 2005) Today the World Bank is expected to approve financing for a massive US$1.2 billion dam in Laos despite international concern that the project’s revenue will be mismanaged or siphoned off by corrupt officials and contractors.
The World Bank’s watershed decision: Nam Theun 2
(March 28, 2005) In April, the countries on the governing board of the World Bank will consider a proposed high dam on the Nam Theun River – a decision that will set a pattern for decisions regarding hydroelectric dams around the world for years to come.
A Nam Theun 2 proponent responds to critics
(March 26, 2005) “Based on in-depth and detailed [World Bank] analyses . . . we are confident that Nam Theun 2 will be a benefit and not a burden to Thai consumers.”
Villagers protest Nam Theun 2 dam project
(March 15, 2005) An independent energy analyst claims electricity from Nam Theun 2 would be 14% more expensive than that produced from alternative, renewable energy sources.
Protesters urge World Bank to stop Nam Theun 2 project
(March 15, 2005) By supporting Nam Theun 2, the World Bank might repeat the same mistake it made at Pak Mool, which generated neither benefits to the local people nor sufficient electricity to Thailand’s power system, say protesters.
Nam Theun 2 Dam, Lao PDR
(March 15, 2005) Lao power may not be the best buy.
News Release: Thai villagers rally against Nam Theun 2 dam outside World Bank
(March 14, 2005) More than 150 Thai villagers gathered in front of the World Bank’s Bangkok headquarters today to protest against the Nam Theun 2 dam in Lao PDR.
Green light for Nam Theun 2
(February 28, 2005) The controversial Nam Theun scheme has been given the go-ahead by a World Bank advisory panel; critics that regard NT2 as the Laotian version of Thailand’s infamous Pak Mun Dam are girding for further protests.