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Nam Theun 2 Power Company (NTPC), Theun Hinboun Power Company (THPC), and Faculty of Engineering, National University of Laos conducted a seminar for  Lao German Technical College (LGTC)  students to raise awareness about hydropower and enhance capacity building in the sector.

The Hydropower Day took place at the vocational college and was attended by NTPC representative, Mr Anouphone Bouthavong, College Deputy Director, Mr Koukeo Phommavongsa and around 200 LGTC students.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Ministry of Education and Sports, Mr Somlith Virivong told the seminar that the college needed to collaborate with the private sector including hydropower companies. He said the seminar was part of long-term cooperation in vocational training and economic development between the Lao-German Technical College in Vientiane and NTPC and THPC.

“This includes training courses for electronic technicians and on electrical and procedural components. Both sides value the equality of male and female students and want to integrate both into the courses,” he said.The seminar also sought to strengthen cooperation and the partnership between the  hydropower companies and the leading vocational institutions in Laos as well as raising students’ interest in the hydropower sector and the employment opportunities it can offer at the end of their studies, he added.

Students had the opportunity to learn about hydropower and its high potential in Laos; the case study of the Nam Theun 2 and Theun Hinboun projects was also presented by professionals from both leading hydropower companies.

The seminar will be also carried out for students of Khammuan Technical-Vocational College  early next month. Since the LGTC is closely connected with Germany and its (unique) dual training system, their objective is to include more and more companies in the training courses on offer, in order to provide a practice-oriented vocational education. Compared to the German system, in which vocational training is split up between vocational schools (theory) and the companies (practice), the LGTC developed a system whereby both parts are (partly) combined in the College.

Companies use the variety of machines and training devices in the College to offer training courses they cannot provide in their own workshop due to the lack of machines or personnel. Whenever possible, companies offer in-company training in their own workshops. The LGTC cooperates with many different local and international companies such as Toyota and RMA Ford in the automotive section, Phu Bia Mining in the metal and electrical sections, Kubota in the agro-machinery section, Endress Hauser and Nam Theun 2 Power Company in the electrics section, and BHS Corrugated in the electric and mechanic section.

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The Lao Government and the Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC) celebrated the twentieth anniversary of operations at the Theun-Hinboun Hydropower Project in Vientiane on March 31.

Commercial operations began at Theun-Hinboun on March 31 1998, and since then the plant has generated over 36,000 Gigawatt hours of electricity, which is more electricity than has been consumed in Laos over the same period.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Bounthong Chitmany said that Theun-Hinboun was a Lao success story, having made a vital contribution to the development of the country over the last 20 years.

THPC, which is 60% owned by EDL-Generation and 98% staffed by Lao nationals, has contributed over US$500 million to the state in its first 20 years of operations and is set to increase payments in coming years thanks to measures to expand production and make generation more efficient. Dividends paid by THPC to the state shareholder have so already provided a 500% return on the initial investment, in addition to the significant contribution made by the project through royalties and taxes.NGdam

Dr Khammany Inthirath, Minister of Energy and Mines, noted that Theun-Hinboun has had an important influence on national socio-economic development since 1998. When the plant first went online it raised GDP by an estimated 7% and was, for the next six years, the biggest earner of foreign currency in the country.

“The Theun-Hinboun project has improved the living standards of all ethnic peoples,” added Dr Khammany, “playing a vital role in implementing the strategy for rural development, poverty alleviation, and the development of the Lao PDR as a regional energy link”.

According to THPC’s General Manager, Robert Allen, THPC’s mission for the next 20 years is to continue contributing to the socio-economic development of the Lao PDR through income, human-resource and technical improvements, environmental protection and community investment, and to prepare the hydropower facility for government control at the end of the company’s concession period.

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Ban Keosenkham, Bolikhamxay, December 18, 2017This file photo from 2011 shows Keosenkham newly built in the hills at the eastern edge of the Nam Gnouang Reservoir.

Farmers in Keosenkham village, Bolikhamxay province, have taken delivery of new boat motors and hand tractors to help them work their fields. On December 15, staff from the Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC) handed to the villagers 141 boat motors and eight hand tractors worth a total of over 2.5 million Thai baht.

Located close to the Nam Gnouang Reservoir in Xaychamphone district, Ban Keosenkham is an upland village with little flat land, and its people mainly use hillside fields to grow rice and cash crops. According to Vansay Suanthephanay, Community Manager at THPC, getting to these fields can be difficult, especially in the wet season, so THPC supplied the new equipment as a practical support measure.

In other resettlement villages, Mr Vansay explained, the company has built roads and tracks to guarantee people access to their fields. However, in the hills around Keosenkham, such roads would be difficult to use and would likely wash away every wet season.

THPC built Keosenkham in 2010-11 for people from four villages along the Gnouang River, which was dammed as part of the Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project. Residents were originally expected to move to lowland villages in Khamkeuth district, but THPC was asked to build Keosenkham to help found the new district of Xaychamphone.

Mr Somsak Inkeomanivong, the head of Keosenkham village, said that discussions between households, district authorities and THPC had led to an agreement that the company would supply sturdy transport equipment to the farmers in place of roads, and that the villagers were pleased with this arrangement.

“We do a lot of fishing in the reservoir and also use boats to transport our goods to market”, said Mr Somsak, “so strong and reliable boat engines are very useful, while the tractors have many uses and will be shared between families at crucial times of the year, such as during the rice harvest”.

IMG 2124Hand tractors and boat engines arrive at Keosenkham ready for distribution to villagers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IMG 2513To help mark its twentieth year of operations, on January 27 the Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC) organised a charity golf tournament in aid of the Thongpong School for Blind Children and the Lao Chess Federation.

Held at the Long-Vien golf club in Vientiane, the event was chaired by H.E. Phankham Viphavanh, Vice President of the Lao PDR, and was open to all interested golfers. THPC funded the golf fees, refreshments and prizes for all players, meaning the entrance fees of the participants could be donated to charity.

Over 80 million kip was raised in total, and on January 31 Mr Soulideth Baomanikhoth, THPC’s Deputy General Manager, handed over 55 million kip to the Thongpong School for Blind Children and 25 million kip to the Lao Chess Federation, which organises chess competitions nationwide. The donations were gratefully accepted by Dr Siphetthavong Sisaleumsak, Director of the Ophthalmology Center at Thongpong, and Mr Inthawa Vilavanh of the Lao Chess Federation.

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Ban Phaxang, Khammouane November 24, 2018IMG 2023

Children in the Theun-Hinboun hydropower project area have been learning that there is more to school than classes and the standard curriculum, thanks to an educational enrichment project run by the Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC).

In partnership with Action with Lao Children (ALC) and the National Library, the company has sponsored art and drama activities in schools built by THPC for resettled and relocated communities in Khammouane and Bolikhamxay provinces.

At Phaxang village in Hinboun District, Khammouane, pupils from the primary and lower secondary schools gave public performances of dramas based on traditional and international folk stories, and also showcased Lao dances and songs. The District Education Office then presented children with books donated by THPC and selected by the National Library before all the schoolchildren and audience sat down to a meal provided by THPC.

Stalls around the school yard showcased books and educational posters donated to the library and staff room of the school by ALC and THPC, attracting dozens of children eager to check out the new books, as well as interested teachers and adults from the village.

The show at Phaxang followed similar events at Ban Phonthong in Bolikhamxay and Phousaat village in Khounkham District. Surapha Viravong, THPC’s Senior Manager for Livelihoods, Government and Community Affairs explained that the provision of arts courses and books formed part of THPC’s policy of enriching education beyond the normal textbooks.

“This approach helps motivate children to learn and to apply themselves at school,” she said. “By stimulating their curiosity and imaginations, and by giving them an opportunity for expression, we can help school children and teachers approach each day at school with more enthusiasm, giving everyone a better chance of enjoying school and learning more. The reading promotion and enrichment activities that THPC support has a very positive effect on education improvement in the villages".IMG 1891

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