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Saturday, October 30, 2010

PM kicks start Nam Lik 1-2 power plant's power generation

(KPL) Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh attended the ceremony of the commencement of the operation of the Nam Lik 1-2 hydropower plant, located in Naxeng village, Feuang district, Vientiane province, on 29 August.

The Lao and Chinese governments put in money to build this dam and the construction work was carried out by China International Water Electric Corporation or CWE.

The CWE, a state owned company of China of China, held a 90 per cent share in the joint venture and the rest of the shares were owned by Electricite du Laos or EDL.

The construction of the Nam Lik 1-2 hydropower plant construction project began in 2007 with a total investment of US$150 million.

This power plant could generate 100 megawatts and the bulk of the energy would be sold to the EDL.

According to the concession agreement, the company will build, own and operate the Nam Lik 1-2 hydropower plant power plant for 25 years and then hand it over to the Lao government.

The Lao government was at the stage of expanding the national electricity grid to all districts in the country by 2015 and also to light up 90 per cent of Lao households by 2020.

At present, 70 per cent of Lao households had electricity, while the rest, 30 percent, lived in the dark.

This event was attended by Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr. Souliving Daravong, the EDL Managing Director, Mr. Khammany Inthirath and Chinese Ambassador to Laos, Ms. Bu jiangau.

Malaysian company builds hydropower plant

(KPL) The Asia Pacific Business Link Sdn Bhd Co.,Ltd (AP Bizlink) of Malaysia will be building a 130-megawatt Nampha power project, which will encompass the territory of two provinces, Long district in the northern Luang Namtha province and Meung district in the neighbouring Bokeo province.

The USD 350-million construction work on the hydropower plant will commence next year and is scheduled for completion in 2015.

The agreement of this construction project was signed on August 20 between Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr. Thongmy Phomvisay and President of AP Bizlink, Mr. Datuk Low Siak Wei, in Vientiane.

The AP Bizlink has its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and its business interests are power project development, mining and construction.

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Laos, Thailand sign power purchase agreement

(KPL) The developers of the Sepien-Senamnoi Hydropower Project signed here last week a memorandum of understanding on electricity purchase with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

The signatories to the agreement were representatives of the Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding (public), the SK Engineering and Construction, the Korea Western Power Group, the Lao Holding State Enterprise and the EGAT.

According to the document, the EGAT is committed to purchasing electricity generated from the Sepien-Senamnoi Hydropower Project for 27 years.

The Sepien-Senamnoi Hydropower Project is the fourth biggest dam in the Lao PDR, including the Nam Ngum 2 and 3 in Vientiane provinces, and the Hongsa Lignite Power House in northwestern Sayaboury province.

The project has an investment of US$877 million. The project�s developers confirm that they will complete the construction as planned and begin to generate power by 2018.

The Sepien-Senamnoi Hydropower Project is a cooperation project between the Lao and Thai governments.

The dam�s area stretches partly on the territories of the southern Attapeu and Champassak provinces.

Hongsa lignite power plant to start operation as scheduled

(KPL) The Hongsa Lignite Power Plant in Sayaboury province with the generation capacity of 1,878 megawatts will surely start operation in 2015, following the approval of loans of US$2.7 billion by nine financial institutes of Thailand to Hongsa Power Company late last month.

The Hongsa Power Company, invested by the Ratchaburi Holding Electricity Generating Company Ltd. � a private electricity generator in Thailand, would generate electricity from thermal power�lignite.

Meanwhile, the Thai investor needs some more funds to further development its thermal power plant.

Mr Nonpol Mirintangkul, Managing Director of the Ratchaburi Holding Electricity Generating Company Ltd, has recently disclosed that the approval of loans from the Thai financial institutes was a significant step and landmark for the Hongsa Lignite Power Plant thanks to our progressive work of construction.

Mr Mirintangkul who is also Chairman of the Managing Board of Hongsa Power Company, added that the Hongsa lignite power plant would commercially operate in 2015, which will also constitute a fundamental base of the national economy and benefit for Laos and Thailand.

The Hongsa Lignite Power Plant will be equipped with three sets of generators with a capacity of 1,878 megawatts and net capacity of 1,653 megawatts.