Nam Tha 1 project team is a veritable "international team", which includes Chinese employee, Lao employee, and Lao citizen of Chinese origins. Though they have different professional backgrounds and career experiences, they all came to be a part of the team coincidentally as if their hearts were summoned by the common mission of constructing Nam Tha 1 Hydropower Plant. They began their journey in the forest, making friendship, and leaving their youth and love here.

Immigration engineer Mr. Lovanh, is very grateful to China for all the efforts the project team put into because the lives of local people will be better and better, which is also his wish for a long time. He always feel conflicted to see how Lao people setting fire to mountains, burning numerous trees, and their slash-and-burn cultivation, which has continued to be their traditional lifestyle for thousands of years. He loves the forest, and he felt that the forest should not be burned in vain. He is certain that they can find a better way of life, that’s why he chose to study agriculture and forestry in the first place. The construction of Nam Tha 1 Hydropower Project allows him to see hope of doing what he always wanted to do, because the project helps to improve local infrastructure, restore and improve livelihoods of immigrants.

  Mr. Han Rui, Chairman of the Project Company, said that the international BOT project in general involves financial, tax, legal and social environment and many other issues, and the negotiation process is often very long. However, since renegotiation started in 2013, under the joint efforts of the project team members, the develop period is well ahead of schedule, and the negotiation process for each protocol shortens about six months than the usual time. After many rounds of repeated negotiations, we insist to promote the development of the project with greatest sincerity on the basis of the minimum acceptable rate of return on investment.

Lao Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad said at the groundbreaking ceremony of Laos Nam Tha 1 Hydropower project that the successful development of Lao Nam Tha 1 Hydropower project is another important achievement of electric power cooperation between Laos and China, an important manifestation of the strengthening economic cooperation between two countries as well, and the implementation of the project will also promote the development of local economy and society, greatly improve the lives of the people in revolutionary areas. He emphasized that Lao government will continue to support the project, and he also looks forward to further communication and collaboration between China Southern Power Grid Company and Electricite du Lao on grid interconnection, electricity trade and co-investment.

Up until now, the construction of Nam Tha 1 Hydropower Project is being carried out under high pressure, and the first unit is expected to be put into operation by the end of 2017.

Project Head visited the site and listened to construction progress in front of the diversion tunnel

 

Lao villagers prays for the members of the Project Team

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News on Nam Tha 1 Hydro Power Project on Lao Newspaper, Vientiane Times

 

 

 

 

 

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