Thailand to develop mega-dam in Laos

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Ch. Karnchang Plc, one of Thailand’s largest industry conglomerates, has signed a contract through its subsidiary CK Power Plc with the Laos government to develop the Nam Bak hydroelectric power plant, a project worth $640 million.

The works will be conducted by Nam Ngum 2 Power Co, a subsidiary of CK Power Plc. The dam will have an installed capacity of 160 megawatts. It can produce electricity of up to 744 gigawatt-hours per year.

CK Power already built large-scale hydropower projects in Laos including Nam Ngum 2 and the disputed Xayaburi dam. With a capacity of 1,285 megawatt, Xayaburi is scheduled to operate in 2019.

The Nam Bak dam is located north of Luang Prabang in northern Laos  and covers a catchment area of around 597 square kilometers. The dam will be 85 meters high and have a volume of 250 million cubic meters.

The Laos government had ongoing plans for 80 new hydropower plants for electricity export. However, there have been discussions about the environmental impact of large dams, most of all of the Xayaburi dam. The Laos government has promised to address two big issues, fish migration and sediment flow, in the ecosystems of the rivers.

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Ch. Karnchang Plc, one of Thailand’s largest industry conglomerates, has signed a contract through its subsidiary CK Power Plc with the Laos government to develop the Nam Bak hydroelectric power plant, a project worth $640 million.

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Ch. Karnchang Plc, one of Thailand’s largest industry conglomerates, has signed a contract through its subsidiary CK Power Plc with the Laos government to develop the Nam Bak hydroelectric power plant, a project worth $640 million.

The works will be conducted by Nam Ngum 2 Power Co, a subsidiary of CK Power Plc. The dam will have an installed capacity of 160 megawatts. It can produce electricity of up to 744 gigawatt-hours per year.

CK Power already built large-scale hydropower projects in Laos including Nam Ngum 2 and the disputed Xayaburi dam. With a capacity of 1,285 megawatt, Xayaburi is scheduled to operate in 2019.

The Nam Bak dam is located north of Luang Prabang in northern Laos  and covers a catchment area of around 597 square kilometers. The dam will be 85 meters high and have a volume of 250 million cubic meters.

The Laos government had ongoing plans for 80 new hydropower plants for electricity export. However, there have been discussions about the environmental impact of large dams, most of all of the Xayaburi dam. The Laos government has promised to address two big issues, fish migration and sediment flow, in the ecosystems of the rivers.

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