Construction Of Hongsa Power Plant Forges Ahead

By Vientiane Times, 24th August 2013

Energy investor Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE) has reported that, as of the end of June, construction of the Hongsa Mine-Mouth Power Project in Hongsa district, Xayaboury province, was 62 percent complete.

“The project is 1.1 percent ahead of the plan,” LHSE Deputy General Manager, Dr Sayphet Aphayvanh, reported at the biannual meeting of the enterprise in Vientiane last week.

“The project has cost more than 10.52 trillion kip (US$1.34 billion) to date, which is 36.38 percent of the total cost of over 28.93 trillion kip (US$3.71 billion),” Dr Sayphet said.

The lignite-fired power plant will begin energy generation in 2015. It is the largest power plant to be built in Laos, and will have an installed capacity of 1,878 megawatts.

Dr Sayphet said construction of the powerhouse was 63.3 percent complete, and the 500kV and 115kV transmission lines and substation were 77 percent complete. Meanwhile, the two dams on the Nam Leuak and Nam Kaen for use by the project, plus pipeline systems, were 97.3 percent complete.

With regard to the coal mining side of the project, the overburden main pit and sub pit were 47.4 percent and 56 percent complete respectively, while the coal stockyard was 83 percent finished.

The developers have built 452 houses to accommodate people who have been displaced by the project. In addition, construction of a 5.58km road from the junction of Hongsa and Ngeun districts to Hane village is now 63.7 percent complete, while a new kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and water supply plant in Napung village have been built.

Meanwhile, a new market and bus station are 85 percent complete, the police station is half built, and a dispensary is 97 percent complete.

Work to build a dormitory to house project staff, a canteen and management office is 6.9 percent complete.

The developers are also giving consideration to social and environmental development initiatives in areas affected by the project, and are providing training on various forms of production, veterinary work and poultry breeding, and have distributed some medical equipment.

Dr Sayphet said that as of the end of June the project had employed over 5,362 people, of whom 3,493 were local hires.

The LHSE was set up by the government in February 2005 to facilitate investment in energy generation, and holds a 20 percent share in the Hongsa power plant.

The Thai Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company owns a 40 percent shareholding in the project, while Banpu Power Ltd of Thailand owns the remaining 40 percent.

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