Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone (fi rst left) visits the ongoing Nam Ou 7Hydropower Project in the northern province of Phongsaly
(KPL) The ongoing Nam Ou 7 Hydropower Project in the northern province of Phongsaly is reportedly 10 percent complete since the project was launched in May 2016.
The dam is being constructed by Sinohydro, a Chinese contractor.
The progress of the project construction was reported last week to Deputy Prime Minister Mr Sonexay Siphandone as he was on a working visit joined by Phongsaly Governor Mr Khamchen Vongphosy.
The project is expected to divert the river to pave the way for the construction of a barrage by the end of this year.
The Nam Ou 7 dam, designed to have an installed generation capacity of 210 megawatts, is expected to be fully completed by 2020.
Sinohydro is developing the project in a joint venture with Electricite Du Laos (EDL), with Sinohydro sharing 85 percent ownership and the remaining owned by EDL under the Build-Operation-Transfer (BOT) type.
After a 29-year concession period - starting from the day of an official ceremony for generated power sales - the project will be handed over to the Lao government.
The generated electricity from the project will be supplied to the northern provinces of Laos, aiming at improving the livelihood of local people.
During the visit, Mr Sonexay was briefed on the evacuation of affected people from the construction site of the project to the new resettlement area and their provision of compensations and permanent jobs.
Mr Sonexay called on the project developer and relevant authorities to pay greater attention to disseminating the importance of the project in order to encourage public participation in its development.
He also said that the compensation payment for affected families must comply with democratic centralism and job creation must be market oriented.