(KPL) The Nam Ngum 2 dam started storing water to generate electricity after its construction works had completed three months ahead of schedule.
The closing ceremony of the turbine channel to store water in the Nam Ngum 2 dam, in Hom district, Vientiane province, was held on 18 March.
Taking part in the event were Standing Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad, Minister of Energy and Mining, Mr Soulivong Daravong, and other high-ranking officials including specialists of Nam Ngum 2 and representatives of Electricite du Laos.
The Nam Ngum 2 dam is one of many mega hydropower construction projects built in Laos. The construction project initiated in 2006 which was scheduled to be over in December 2010 but the construction work was finished ahead of the set plan for three months. Originally the construction is scheduled to be over in March 2011.
The store-up of water for generating electricity would start in the next five months. It is also expected that additional rainfalls will raise the water level in the Nam Ngum 2 reservoir, which will be high enough for generating electricity.
The Nam Ngum 2 dam is expected to generate electricity on a trial basis in the coming August and in the next four months (upcoming December 2010). The dam will operate its full strength to generate electricity and start distributing electricity into the transmission lines.
The Nam Ngum 2 dam, operated by the Nam Ngum 2 Company Ltd, which has main shareholders including the leading electricity supplier company in Laos "Electricite du Laos" and the Southeast Asia Energy Ltd (the main shareholder of this company was the Ch Karnchang Public Company Limited of Thailand).
The Nam Ngum 2 dam has a generating capacity of 615 megawatts and was built by Ch Karnchang ( Laos) Ltd.
Operating under a concession of 27 years and six months starting this year end, the dam will generate approximately 2,218 gigawatts hour, which will be sold to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat).