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Social & environmental impacts of Nam Theun 2 dam - French Govt. to review complaint against EDF under OECD Guidelines

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22 February 2005

project website: Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project

[see "Safeguards" for information on environmental, social impact assessments]

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Article
16 February 2005

EDF and Sustainable Development / EDF et le développement durable

Author: EDF

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Article
16 February 2005

Dam project in Laos acts as test case for World Bank

Author: Amy Kazmin & Andrew Balls, Financial Times

The World Bank's board will be asked in the next few weeks to endorse a $1.3bn dam in Laos worth nearly as much as the gross domestic product of one of the world's poorest countries...The Nam Theun 2 dam is a test case of the leading development institution's intention to return to the funding of large-scale infrastructure...Its approval of a project led by Electricité de France would be motivated by a belief that such projects are needed to promote growth and combat poverty...At the bank's insistence, the consortium will compensate those affected, as well as building homes and securing work for those who are relocated.

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Author: Sébastien Godinot, Amis de la Terre

Le gouvernement français a accepté la plainte contre Electricité de France pour violation potentielle des Principes directeurs de l'OCDE à l'intention des entreprises multinationales, dans le barrage hydroélectrique de Nam Theun 2 (Laos).

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10 February 2005

[DOC] French Utility Faces OECD Scrutiny For Laotian Dam Project

Author: Proyecto Gato, Amis de la Terre

The French government has agreed to review a complaint against Electricité de France for allegedly violating OECD guidelines in planning a billion-dollar hydro venture in Laos. Electricité de France is the lead shareholder in Laos' Nam Theun 2 dam project...The complaint by citizens groups accuses the French utility of failing to respect OECD guidelines for multinationals, particularly on disclosure and environmental assessment. Nam Theun 2 is a Build-Own-Transfer project under development by the Nam Theun 2 Power Company, which includes EdF (35 percent), Electricity Generating Company of Thailand (25 percent), Ital-Thai Development Public Company (15 percent), and Laos' national utility, Electricite du Laos (25 percent).

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Article
1 January 2005

Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project Update [Laos]

Author: World Bank

The World Bank is considering providing support for the proposed Nam Theun 2 (NT2) hydroelectric power project, a US$ 1.2 billion, 1,070-megawatt, private-sector hydroelectric project in Lao PDR because of the project's potential for helping Lao PDR obtain revenues to reduce poverty and improve environmental protection.

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Article
8 December 2004

[DOC] [EDF response: Letter from EDF to French National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises - Translation by EDF of French original]

Author: Claude Jeandron, Deputy Senior Vice-President, Sustainable Development and Environment Branch, EDF

On November 24, 2004, an NGO collective submitted an instance to the OECD National Contact Point, concerning the Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project in Laos...We feel that it would be useful to remind you of the economic principles and Sustainable Development commitments which have been those of EDF, as well as of its investment partners, throughout the development phase of this project, and which will remain so during the operational phase.

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8 December 2004

[DOC] [EDF response: Letter from EDF to French National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises - Translation by EDF of French original]

Author: Claude Jeandron, Deputy Senior Vice-President, Sustainable Development and Environment Branch, EDF

On November 24, 2004, an NGO collective submitted an instance to the OECD National Contact Point, concerning the Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project in Laos...We feel that it would be useful to remind you of the economic principles and Sustainable Development commitments which have been those of EDF, as well as of its investment partners, throughout the development phase of this project, and which will remain so during the operational phase.

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Author: Claude Jeandron, Directeur Adjoint du Développement Durable et de l'Environnement, EDF

Un collectif d’ONG a déposé le 24 novembre dernier une requite auprès du PCN [Point National de Contact] de l’OCDE, concernant le projet hydroélectrique Nam Theun 2 (Laos)…nous jugeons utile de vous rappeler les principes économiques et les engagements de Développement Durable qui ont été ceux d’EDF, ainsi que de ses partenaires investisseurs, dans toute la phase de développement de ce project, et qui resteront les memes lors de la phase opérationnelle.

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Article
23 November 2004

[full complaint to France Natl. Contact Point for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, regarding EDF's involvement in Nam Theun 2 Dam Project in Laos]

Author: Jan Cappelle, Proyecto Gato (Belgium), Sebastien Godinot, Amis de la Terre (France), Satoru Matsumoto, Mekong Watch (Japan), Ricardo Carrere, World Rainforest Movement (Uruguay), Tove Selin, Finnish Asiatic Society (Finland), Jaroslava Colajacomo, CRBM (Italy), Aviva Imhof, International Rivers Network (USA)

There is clear evidence that EdF: - has failed to identify, respond to and consider the impacts which may be problematic and potentially very great - will not comply with the Lao government’s international obligations and commitments...

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