Nam Ngiep Dam Officially Online

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Nam Ngiep 1 Dam

The Nam Ngiep Dam northeast of Vientiane Capital has officially come online.

The Nam Ngiep Dam, a hydropower investment by Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Company, has begun transmitting electricity.  With two power stations, the installation should produce 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours of energy each year.

Electricity from the plant’s main station will supply energy to Thailand, while the secondary station will transmit power to the Lao domestic supply.

The installation was constructed on the Nam Ngiep River, a tributary of the Mekong River northeast of Vientiane Capital.

Construction of the plant began in 2014, and got off to a rocky start after six workers were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at the site. The workers were attached to Vietnam’s Song Da 5 construction company.

Nam Ngiep Power Company is a joint venture owned 45% by Kansai Electric, 30% by EGAT International, and 25% by Lao Holding State Enterprise, a Lao government company that holds government shares in power development projects.

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