Passage for Bt7.3-bn power transmission line from Laos
The Office of the National Economics and Social Development Board (NESDB) said that a committee has approved a plan to invest Bt7.3 billion for an electricity transmission line from Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Hydroelectric Power plant to enable the purchase of 390 megawatts of electricity from Laos in 2018.
Chanvit Amatamatucharti, deputy secretary-general, said that NESDB would submit the project to the Cabinet for approval.
Xe Pian Xe Namnoy is a hydroelectric power plant that would generate 410-megawatts, located in Kwaeng Jampasak and Kwaeng Attapue, in the southern part of Laos. The plant will start commercial operations in 2018. The power plant is a joint venture between Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding (RATCH) with a 25-per-cent stake, SK Engineering & Construction Co (SKEC) with a 26-per-cent stake, Korea Western Power Company Limited with a 25-per-cent stake, and Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE) with a 24-per-cent stake.
The Thai government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for purchasing more than 7,000 megawatts from Laos by 2015. The Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Hydroelectric Power Plant will be part of such cooperation.
The Energy Policy & Planning Office has agreed to purchase electricity from Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Hydroelectric Power plant at Bt2.30 per unit.
The purchasing contract was signed by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) on February 6, this year. The contract will last for 27 years, and the electricity will be transmitted to a sub-station plant in Ubon Ratchathani.
About 370 megawatts (1,574 gigawatts per hour) or 90 per cent of the plant's capacity will be sold to Egat, while the rest will be sold to the electricity authority in Laos to serve increasing demand for electricity in both countries.