November 20, 2011
(KPL) The construction of first thermal power plant generated by lignite in Lao PDR, located in Hongsa district, Sayaboury province expects to commence today, according to a groundbreaking ceremony of its construction.
The Hongsa thermal power plant, a 10km far from Hongsa downtown and about 30 km from Lao-Thai border costs almost US$4 billion.
Hongsa thermal power plant is able to generate 1,878 MW or 12,582GWh/year. Upon completion of construction work by 2015, 1,473 MW out of its total output of electricity will be sold to Thailand with approximately 5-7 Thai baht/KW through the 500KV-transmission line, is a 67-km stretch from the plant via Xienghon district to Lao-Thai border and a 250-km stretch from border to Maemor electricity network in Thailand.
More 100 MW generated by the Hongsa thermal power plant will be connected through 115 KV-power grid of Electricite du Laos to the northern part of Laos. This section will run 115 km from the Xieng-gneun sub-station, Luang Prabang province.
The rest of 75 MW will be used in the Hongsa thermal power plant.