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In line with international hydropower operating standards to promote sustainable development of Nam Lik 1-2 HP Project in Laos

– sustainable assessment completed

Update:2015-06-08

The “Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol”, which is the latest understanding of the international hydropower circle towards sustainable development of hydropower, is made to promote the sustainable development of hydropower in the whole world. The contract for the hydropower sustainability assessment of the Nam Lik 1-2 HPP, signed by and between IHA and CTG, is not only to support the Protocol and learn from the advanced concepts, technologies and management experiences, but also to affirm the operation of the project made over the past years. The assessment contract is highly recognized by leaders from CTG and CWE since its execution from September, 2014. The relevant preparation and pre-evaluation works, including the establishment of a working team composed of the Technology and Environmental Protection Dept. of CTG, the Quality, Safety and Environmental Protection Dept. and the Power Operation Dept. of CWE, and a special working mechanism, etc., have taken nearly eight months.


During the assessment, the experts conducted a comprehensive quantitative evaluation on sustainability of the Nam Lik HPP, mainly through documentation review, on-site interviews and site visits, in respects of 19 topics such as technology, economy, society, and environment. The 55 persons interviewed came from the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Laos, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Laos, provincial, municipal and village-level governments, local NGOs, villages, and Nam Lik 1-2 Power Co., Ltd.. Seven villages at the downstream of the station were surveyed. Information was obtained to the utmost for the assessment.


A closing meeting of the assessment, attended by the evaluation team, the observation group, and the working team, was convened in Vientiane of Laos on April 24, 2015 to review the whole assessment course and conduct in-depth exchanges on each of those topics. At the meeting, IHA experts highly evaluated the project’s sustainability in financial management, safety management, and project benefits on basis of the preliminary conclusions of the assessment. TNC experts defined the assessment as a bridging work to extend the long-term cooperation between CTG and TNC in favor of the strategic development and strategic advantages of both parties in the future.


This assessment is of profound significance as it is the first sustainability assessment for Chinese enterprises, a milestone for CWE’s overseas power plant operation in line with international standards, a powerful practice for CTG and CWE to lead the industry in the sustainable hydropower development, and a deepening of their long-term cooperation with IHA, TNC, and other international organizations.

(Translator: Zhang Yan, Proofreader: Ma Li)