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Friday, March 11, 2011

Hydropower project boosts Lao-Viet relationship

The Hydropower Xekaman 1 Electricity Project is strengthening cooperation between Laos and Vietnam while providing a boost to the socio-economic development of both countries.

A ceremony to open the ground-breaking project was held on Sunday in Attapeu province, attended by Standing Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Hoang Trung Hai and officials from both sides.

The dam has a generating capacity of 322MW, which totals 1.2 billion KWh a year. The project is funded with US$441 million from the Vietnamese government and is being built by Songda-UCRIN Company of Vietnam.

The hydropower plant, due for completion in 2014, will be handed over to the Lao government after 25 years.

Laos has untapped potential in energy generation which is crucial for the socio-economic development of both countries.

The project serves to increase the friendly relationship between the two governments.

The company has begun building basic infrastructure for the project which already employs 500 workers using 100 vehicles and machines.

To boost cooperation between the two governments, the company and project partners are already preparing to invest in two further hydropower projects.

Laos has a valuable source of natur al energy in its water resources which guarantees the electricity necessary to drive development in the future, said Mr Hoang Trung Hai.

Laos and Vietnam signed an agreement in 1998 to expand energy resources and will continue cooperation until they meet the targets set.

The cooperation benefits the development of both countries, the Vietnamese deputy premier said.

The Hydropower Xekaman 1 Electricty Project is a priority development of the Lao government and was first initiated 20 years ago but faced many difficulties along the way, said Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr Soulivong Daravong.

Families whose homes are situated on the project site will be relocated to ease their poverty and improve their living conditions, he added.

The project will supply 5,000MW of electricity to Vietnam by 2020, he said.

By Khamphone Syvongxay
(Latest Update March 8 , 2011)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

EDL, Schneider Electric further cooperation

(KPL) The 'Electricite du Laos' (EDL) and Schneider Electric have fostered cooperation by signing an MOU on human resource development.

The signing ceremony was held on 23 February, at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane between Mr. Boun-oum Sivanpheng, Deputy Managing Director of EDL, and Mr Nelson Yeap, President of Schneider Electric Thailand.

The main purposes of this cooperation are to create electrical standards including cooperation in order to communicate with consumers to install electrical systems in the buildings to ensure accuracy and safety through knowledge and experience transferred by expert from Schneider Electric.

This year's aim is to enhance knowledge and electrical cooperation with the National University of Laos and the Skill Development Department.

"This year we will have further cooperation on personnel development and standard knowledge on electric installation in Laos between the EDL and Schneider Electric for a year, which the Schneider Electric will train and give more experiences to EDL's electricians for developing their quality work," said Mr Boun-oum.

"Schneider Electric had trained electricians of EDL to upgrade their knowledge and skills like enabling them not only to know the appropriate method of electrical system installation, but to be able to select and use high quality products based on unique requirements by expert from our company, Electricity Authority and Professors from leading universities in Thailand," said Mr. Yeap.

Xiengkhouang: Over 3,200 poorest families to enjoy electricity supply

(KPL) EDL's rural electrification programme will bring light to more than 3,200 poorest families in the districts of Paek, Phasay, Khoune, Kham and Phoukoud of Xiengkhouang province by this year, said Mr. Soumountha Bounleuan, head of the 'Electricite du Laos' in Xiengkhouang province.

He said that Xiengkhouang province with 8 districts had so far had 238 villages with 23,622 people connected to power grid.

The expansion of the electricity network in this northern province is part of activities to materialise the seventh congress resolution of the Party and a social-economic development plan of the province.

The programme also lies in a poverty reduction plan of the province

Samneua-Viengsay power grid upgrade under way

(KPL) The Electricite du Laos (EDL) branch in Houaphanh province and Thavisab Construction Maintenance and Installation Company have signed a memorandum of understanding on improving power grid project between Samneua and Viengsay.

The agreement on the project was signed in Houaphanh province on February 17 between Deputy Director of the EDL in Houaphanh, Mr. Savath Phoumlavanh, and Director of the Thavisab Construction and Installation Company, Mr. Vongsanty Phoummanivong.

Witnessing the event were Head of the Energy and Mining Service of Houaphanh province, Mr. Phonevilay Phengdalachanh, and relevant officials.

The development project, estimated at 15 billion kip, will include the installation of 22-KV power grid from Samneua district to Viengsay district, Houaphanh province. The work is expected to start late this month and complete in mid-2011.

Samneau to sunshine by domestic electricity

(KPL) The power grid installation project for 115 kilovolt of high voltage and 22 kilovolt with a total amount of US$30.4 million linking Phonsavanh district, Xiengkhuang province to Houaphanh province is now 75 per cent to complete.

The project was undertaken by a Chinese company which started end-2009 to install a 170-km long of transmission line and 431 electricity poles.

Presently, the contractor company has already fulfilled in building the base of 389 electricity poles, sub-stations and installation of power grid of 106 km stretch and transformers.

The project framework averaged 75 per cent complete and expected the installation work will complete in May, 2011.

If the project completes, Samnuea district's stronghold of Lao revolution will create more stability and be sufficiency in electricity consumption in the district.

So far, Samneau district has imported electricity from Vietnam. In the future, there will be no more import electricity from neighbouring country, if this project completes.

Samneau district will be a hub of power to supply electricity to other district. Samneau district will build some scale hydropower dam in the future.

Electrification in Houaphanh

(KPL) Houaphanh on Feb 5 held at Laohoung village, Siengkhor district, a ground-breaking ceremony for the installation and expansion of the medium and low-voltage power grid for 34 villages in three districts of Aid, Siengkhor and Sobbao.

The development is aimed at contributing to the poverty reduction in the province.

The move estimated at 55 billion kip, will benefit over 530 households in Aid, 280 in Sobbao and over 1,000 families in Siengkhor.

The project will include the installation of 112-km long 35 KV power line, and nearly 50-Km long 0.4 KV power cable, and 34 transformers along the power grid.

The Lao Government plans to increase the percentage of electricity use to 70% of the entire population by 2015 and 90% by 2020.

Attending the Saturday's ground-breaking ceremony were Vice-Governor of Houaphanh province Mr. Chanseng Phimmavong, relevant officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mining, authorities of Siengkhor, Aid and Sobbao districts and local people.

EDL opens one more customer service

(KPL) The Electricite du Laos (EDL) on Monday, Feb 7 opened its new customer service at Meuangva Thong village, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane Capital, to improve its service.

The EDL office in Vientiane Capital has decided to build the customer service after learning that customers found it difficult to pay electricity bills in the four inner districts of the Capital as it is difficult to find parking lot, according to Mr. Soukhon Chanthone, EDL deputy-director of Vientiane Capital office.

With the newly built facility, the EDL has four customer services. Two are at Sisaketh and Phontong villages of Chanthaboury district; one at Sokpaluang village, Sisattanark district; and another one at Meuangva Thong village, Sikhottabong district.

PM receives NTPC high-ranking delegation

(KPL) Mr. Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of the Lao PDR, received at his office on Saturday a courtesy visit of Mr. Jean Pierre Katz, Chief Executive Officer of Nam Theun 2 Power Company (NTPC).

At the talks, PM Thongsing Thammavong praised and highly valued the visit to Laos of Mr. Jean Pierre Katz as a big contribution to further strengthening the friendly relation and co-operation between Laos and the NTPC and hoped that it will further contribute to the social-economic development in Laos.

NTPC is the company formed by the Lao Government and the private shareholders in the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project to build and operate the Project for the first 25 years of its operation.

NTPC is dedicated to running a world class hydropower facility and to improving the living conditions of people in the areas around the Project.