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Thai firm gets EPC conract for Lao hydropower project

Nawarat Patanakarn Public Company Limited of Thailand received an engineering procurement and construction contract for the Nam Sana hydropower project.


The deal was received from the Electricite du Laos.

The agreement gives Nawarat the green light to build the hydropower plant after completing a feasibility study, including design and social and environmental impact assessments, which began in 2009.

“We expect construction to be completed within the next 32 months,” Nawarat Director and President Mr Polpat Kamasuta said.

EDL’s investment in the project will be about 241 billion kip or US$30 million.

“The money for the investment was secured in the form of a loan from a Thai bank,” EDL Managing Director Mr Khammany Inthirath said.

Commercial operation of the power station is expected to begin in early 2014 in Kasy district, Vientiane province. The plant will have a capacity of 14 megawatts with two turbines that will generate about 49.6GWh per year.

The electricity generated will be carried on EDL’s grid of 22KV voltage transmission lines and will supply Kasy district.

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