Phonesack Group. Co. Ltd. and EGCO’s US$1 billion financing for Nam Theun 1 hydroelectric power project in Laos

Clifford Chance has collaborated with Thai law firm Chandler MHM to advise Bangkok Bank PCL, Export-Import Bank of Thailand, The Siam Commercial Bank PCL, and TISCO Bank PCL, on the financing of the US$1 billion Nam Theun 1 hydroelectric power project on the Nam Kading river in Laos.

The key project sponsors were the Phonesack Group. Co. Ltd. and Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO).

The project entered into power purchase agreements with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and Electricité Du Laos (EDL) to supply 514.3 MW of power to EGAT, and 130 MW to EDL for 27 years, starting on the commercial operation date (COD) in 2022. Financial Close occurred in March 2018.

Partner Fergus Evans (picture) led the transaction and was supported by associates Chanuth Tansomboon, Wassamon Puthipad, and Nattawat Vilasdechanon.

Chandler MHM worked with Clifford Chance to provide Thai law advice. The Chandler MHM team was led by partner Joseph Tisuthiwongse who was supported by Disaporn Saengpetch, Nopamon Thevit Intralib and Kobkul Trakulkoed.


Involved fees earner: Joseph Tisuthiwongse – Chandler MHM; Disaporn Saengpetch – Chandler MHM; Nopamon Thevit Intralib – Chandler MHM; Kobkul Trakulkoed – Chandler MHM; Fergus Evans – Clifford Chance; Chanuth Tansomboon – Clifford Chance; Wassamon Puthipad – Clifford Chance; Nattawat Vilasdechanon – Clifford Chance;

Law Firms: Chandler MHM; Clifford Chance;

Clients: Siam Commercial Bank; Bangkok Bank; Export-Import Bank of Thailand; TISCO Bank PCL;


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Author: Michael Patrini