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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

PM Bouasone Bouphavanh visits Nam Mang III hydropower plant

(KPL) Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh has recently visited the Nam Mang III hydropower plant and irrigation scheme in Thourakhom district, Vientiane province, where he was received by provincial Party Secretary Chansy Phosikham, and local officials, veterans and people.
PM Bouasone was told by the provincial agriculture and forestry service head about the Nam Mang III irrigation project which was divided into three phases of construction.
Nam Mang III is located on the plateau of Phoukhao Khwai, some 60km north of Vientiane Capital. The hydropower plant has an installation capacity of 40 megawatts and started operation in 2005. The plant is an efficient project because it provides both energy generation for export and local supply and also irrigates nearby farmland.
The irrigation system is particularly efficient because it can supply water to farmers without the use of pumps.
On this occasion, PM advised the two sectors to study and prepare a plan for agricultural development in the area.
Nam Mang III is financed by the Lao government, partly with the assistance of the Chinese government through the EXIM Bank of China. The project started in 2002 at the cost of more than 537 billion kip (US$ 63 million).