New Laos Dam could be hydropower model, World Bank says

12/10/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

The Nam Theun 2, Laos' new $1.3 billion hydroelectric dam, has a 450-square-kilometer reservoir on a tributary of the Mekong River and six turbines that pump 1,070 megawatts of electricity. It is the first such project supported by the World Bank, which says hydropower can be a great clean-energy source. "The idea of the Laotian government is to become the 'battery' of Southeast Asia, because they've got tremendous hydropower potential, so what we're trying to emphasize is, please take the model and the lessons," World Bank President Robert Zoellick says.

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