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NEWS UPDATES 10 August 2010

Laos moves forward on hydro

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General Director of the Electricity of Laos (EDL) Khammani Inthirath has said that the Laos will build at least two hydropower plants every year until 2020. To date, the country has a total of 14 hydro power plants with a combined capacity of 2,540 megawatts instead of 10plants with capacity of 700 megawatts in 2006.

As planned,the Nam Ngum 2 hydro power plant will come into operation in December this year. While Tad Salen, Nam Ngum 3 and Sekaman 3 in Savannakhet,Vientiane and Sekong provinces will start operation next year.

Laos will have two other power plants, Nam Song in Vientiane province and the expanded Theun-Hinboun in Bolikhamsay province in 2012.

Meanwhile, construction of the 1,800 megawatt Hongsa thermal power plant in Sayabouli province will be completed in 2015.

The government plans to make Laos a power generation centre in the region.

Together with developing hydro power projects, the government has also paid attention to protect the environment protection, especially forest and water resources.

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