18 July 02 – Thailand is talking to China about helping to build a $3.6 billion dam in the southwestern Chinese provice of Yunnan, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Generators at the Nuozhadu dam, scheduled to be built on the Lancang river in 2006 at a cost of $3.6 billion, would have a capacity of 5500 MW, Xinhua said in a report late on Wednesday.

The plant would transmit 1500 MW of electricity to Thailand, 3000 MW to China’s Guangdong province, and 1000 MW within Yunnan, Xinhua said.

Xinhua gave no further details about the project. Thailand struck a deal with China in 2000 for construction of the 1500 MW Jinghong power station, agreeing to provide 70 per cent of investment in exchange for all the electricity, Xinhua said.