(December 5, 2002) But the hydroelectric dam will only go ahead if Thailand buys its power and the World Bank guarantees international investors for their foray.
The Nam Theun 2 Dam – WWF Thailand’s position
(November 1, 2002) The planned Nam Theun 2 (NT2) dam on the Nakai Plateau in central Lao People’s Democratic Republic would be 48 metres high and 320 metres long, with a capacity of about 1,000 megawatts.
Laos signs $2-bn deal for Nam Theun II dam
(October 4, 2002) Government of Laos signed a concession agreement with developer, Nam Theun 2 Power Company, for its controversial Nam Theun 2 dam. [The dam’s developers are now in their eighth year of trying to work out a deal with Thailand and the World Bank.]
Canadian survey sheds new light on rural livelihoods in Laos
(September 6, 2002) Survey warns that hydro dams, irrigation schemes, and tree plantations – in the name of poverty alleviation – can do more harm than good for Laotians whose livelihoods depend upon natural rivers and forests.
Tens of thousands may lose livelihoods due to Nam Theun 2
(August 30, 2002) “Despite millions spent on a decade of planning the Nam Theun 2 dam, the [World] Bank has grossly underestimated the number of people whose livelihoods are at risk for this project.” – says Gráinne Ryder, Probe International.
Citizens’ report on impacts of opening gates at Thailand’s Pak Mun dam
(May 26, 2002) Executive Summary of a Report on the opening of the gates of the Pak Mun dam, conducted by Assembly of the Poor and SEARIN.
Nam Thuen 2 Dam Deal Blasted as EGAT Signs Agreement
(February 28, 2002) Amid concerns about a lack of electricity demand in Thailand and environmental and social problems, Thailand’s state power agency (EGAT) signed an agreement to buy 980 megawatts of electricity from Laos’ Nam Thuen 2 dam, starting from 2006.
The story of Nam Theun 2 public consultations
(December 31, 2001) Indeed, public consultation has been honed to a science. The Bank takes it so seriously that for Nam Theun 2, it hired an evolution expert to evaluate formally the effectiveness of the Nam Theun 2 public consultations.
Planned Nam Theun 2 dam leads to increased logging
(September 1, 2001) The World Bank should reject the Nam Theun 2 hydropower project and begin a process of compensating villagers who have seen their forests and their livelihoods damaged as a result of the project.
Theun-Hinboun: An assessment of early project performance
(March 1, 2001) The 210 MW Theun-Hinboun hydropower project in the Lao PDR came online in 1998. It was built and is operated by a new entity named the Theun Hinboun Power Company. A loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was the formative component of project finance. Its economic purpose is given as earning money for the Lao government, through export power sales to Thailand, to use in national development.
Laos: Cutting the trees to save the forest
(March 1, 2001) Nam Theun 2’s developers, Electricity Consortium (NTEC), say it depends on a World Bank US$100 million "partial risk guarantee" covering commercial loans to the project – without which commercial banks will not put money into the financially risky scheme.
Thai elec generating to up stake in Lao power plant project
(November 28, 2000) Thailand’s Electricity Generating PCL said it plans to increase its stake in Nam Theun 2 Electricity Consortium, a power plant project located in Laos, from 20% to 25%.
Laos holds public hearing on controversial dam project
(November 22, 2000) A major obstacle to the proposed 1,069-megawatt, $1.2 billion, Nam Theun 2 dam is the World Bank’s hesitancy to underwrite the project, largely due to environmental concerns.
Basic Facts and Economics: Nam Theun 2
(February 1, 2000) Basic Facts about the dam.
Letter from Canada’s Executive Director to the World Bank: Nam Theun 2, Lao PDR
(November 2, 1999) “Accordingly, it is clearly understood that, if the Bank is to support the Nam Theun 2 project, the latter would need to be in full compliance with the Bank’s environmental and social policies and that higher standards would need to be applied.”