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CK Power plans Laos hydropower plant

  • 2 months ago (2021-09-16)
  • David Flin
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CK Power , the power generation arm of CH Karnchang, is conducting a feasibility study into building a hydropower plant near Luang Prabang on the Mekong River in northern Laos. This follows a delay brought about by the impact of the Covid pandemic.

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Muntana Auekitkarjorn, CK Power’s Deputy Managing Director for Corporate Planning, said the uang Prabang project, its third hydropower plant in Laos, will have a development cost of $4.5-5 billion. She said the study will be conducted alongside negotiations over a power rate tariff with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), which will be the power buyer. The Luang Prabang project will be a run-of-river dam built on the Mekong in Houygno, about 25 km from Luang Prabang. It is estimated the project will have a capacity of 1460 MW. Developers plan to sell the electricity to Thailand or Vietnam.

Construction is scheduled for completion in 2027.