Latitude and longitude of Nam Ngum Dam

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The Nam Ngum Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Nam Ngum river, a major tributary of the Mekong in Laos. It was the first hydropower dam built in Lao PDR. It was constructed in three stages, beginning in with stage I in 1968 and ending with the completion of stage III in 1984. The Mekong Commission first implemented the dam project as part of the national development plan. The project was mainly focused on harnessing Lao PDR’s hydropower potential, but it has also striven to achieve flood protection, implement lift irrigation, facilitate lake fishery, and develop Lao PDR’s tourism industry. The Nam Ngum Dam has a capacity of 155MW and generates most of Laos' electricity, including all the power used in the capital, Vientiane. Additionally 70% to 80% of electricity created by the dam is exported to Thailand. The revenue from this exporting accounts for about a quarter of Laos' foreign exchange earnings. The gross power revenues of the dam are approximately US$36 million annually. However, recent studies have insinuated that the dam has adversely affected lake fishery and the wider Nam Ngum river ecosystem.

Latitude: 18° 31' 59.99" N
Longitude: 102° 32' 59.99" E

Nearest city to this article: Muang Phôn-Hông

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