The Don Sahong Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in Champasack Province has officially come online.
Turbines have now entered commercial operations, according to Chinese construction contractor, Sinohydro Corp Ltd.
The US 401 million hydropower project, near Khone Falls in Champasack Province, was completed 48 days ahead of schedule, according to the developer, Malaysia’s Mega First Corp Bhd, after construction began in January 2016.
Investors in the project include Mega First, with an 80 percent share, while Laos’s EDL-GEN holds the remaining 20 percent.
Tests were carried out last month on the electricity generators at the installation, indicating that the project was almost complete.
The Don Sahong Dam is a run-of-the-river dam at the downstream end of the Hou Sahong channel between Don Sahong and Don Sadam islands. It has an installed capacity of 260 MW.
Power generated at the facility is to be exported to Thailand and Cambodia.