PM Thongsing Thammavong ( second right ) and Nam Baeng electric power dam officials discuss the project progress on site.
PM pushes for project quality, local benefit
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has called on the constructors of Nam Baeng power dam and Pakbaeng Mekong Bridge to adhere strictly to project plans and designs to ensure quality standards are reached.
Mr Thongsing stressed this message when meeting with the developers, engineers, and technical experts of the two projects on Wednesday during his tour to Oudomxay province.
The construction of Nam Beng power dam began on November 2013, and has progressed around 75 percent with its completion scheduled for February next year.
The US$72 million project has China National Electric Equipment Corp. holding 90 percent of the investment, and Electricite du Laos holds the rest of the capital.
There are around 200 people working for the project, 22 percent being Lao nationals and the others are foreigners.
Speaking to the developers of the two projects, PM Thongsing stressed on them to be strict in following all the planned details of the designs.
He also called on the developers to pay attention to environmental and social impacts, especially the impact on people living in the project site area and nearby.
He wanted the projects to create job s and income for the local community so that their livelihoods would be improved, and they could participate in watershed forest protection of sustainable water sources during the dam operation.
Mr Thongsing also called on the developers to help in building necessary knowledge, develop abilities and labour skills for Lao employees for their effective management of projects in the future.
Nam Baeng power project is located in the east of the province and 11 kilometres from Baeng district capital town. Three generators of 12 megawatts each will be installed in the dam.
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