South Korean, Thai firms plan hydropower project in Laos

A consortium of South Korean and Thai firms have signed an agreement to build a $900 million hydropower plant in Laos, company officials told wire services.

The consortium involves Thai power supplier Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding and two South Korean firms, SK Construction and Korea Western Power, according to media reports.

SK Construction said a memorandum of understanding was signed between the consortium and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, which will sell electricity from the plant across Thailand.

The plant, capable of generating up to 390 megawatts, will be located at Senamnoi, in southern Laos. SK Construction is responsible for financing and building the plant, while Korea Western Power will maintain it.

According to wire reports, construction will begin in 2013. The consortium would operate the plant for 27 years.

In other news, Viet-Laos Power Joint Stock Company and Laos Electricity Corporation have struck a deal to establish Xekaman 1 Electricity Co. Ltd.

The agreement is designed to accelerate the Xekaman 1 hydroelectric power project, an important investment project between Vietnam and Laos, reports indicate.

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