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Xayaboury Vocational School Initiates Solar Power Engineering Course

A solar power system engineering class is being trialled at Xayaboury Technical and Vocational School with a view to it becoming a regular subject, according to a press release from the Energy and Climate Policy Institute (ECPI Korea).

The Director of the province’s statistics planning division education office and the Dean of the school’s Electricity Department suggested opening a renewable energy education track, a press release noted.

Next year it will be a regular electricity subject at the school, said the Director of the Renewable Energy Centre, Ms Yee Young Ran.

Regular teaching of the subject would enable the sustainable learning of solar power systems which it is hoped would become self-sufficient after outside support dries up. If trained students can be responsible for installing, repairing, consulting, and teaching renewable energy, it will be a suitable long-term initiative.

The Lao Renewable Energy Centre delivered a solar power system engineering course recently at Xayaboury Technical and Vocational School. It was part of the preparation process for one of the elective courses ‘renewable energy controlling skills’ in the school’s electricity department.

The centre is attached to the Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition (ECPI), an NGO based in the Republic of Korea.

ECPI has been supporting the teaching of solar power systems at the school in Xayaboury since 2009 under the ‘Supporting Renewable Energy System and Training Programme’.

After many years of effort, graduates of the training programme are skilled in solar power system engineering and teaching and can train junior students at the school as main agents in this programme, the press release noted.

The ECPI has continued to implement the Supporting Renewable Energy System and Training Programme’ in Laos through solidarity with the Third World and also through the practical activity of climate justice since 2009.These activities were reinforced in 2012 when KOICA supported the ECPI project.


Source: Vientiane Times

Power Company Gives Boost to Luang Prabang School

Nam Ngum 5 Power Co., Ltd. has given educational equipment to Chim Secondary School in Chim village, Phoukhoun district, Luang Prabang province.

The items donated included 80 desks, four teachers’ tables and four whiteboards, valued at 47 million kip.

The supplies were presented to Chim Secondary School on Tuesday in the presence of the Deputy General Manager of Nam Ngum 5 Power Co., Ltd., Mr. Phonesavanh Keohavong, Deputy General Manager Mr. Tian Shao Qiang, Deputy Governor of Phoukhoun district Dr Phetsamone Vongsipaseuth, local education and sports officials, teachers and students.

Mr. Phonesavanh said that over the last two years the company had helped to build a school, a village club and an infirmary for Chim and Namting villages in Phoukhoun district.

At the end of this year, the company also plans to build a flood rescue centre and a new school in Chim village at a cost of more than 500 million kip.

Principal of Chim Secondary School, Mr. Somboun Yenuthor, said the school opened in the 2008-09 academic year and now had 508 pupils.

During the ceremony, district Deputy Governor Dr Phetsamone asked the company to continue to support education in Phoukhoun district. He also called on village authorities, teachers and students to maintain the equipment they had been given.

Dr Phetsamone asked the company to consider helping to create a football pitch in Bangkalo village.

The Nam Ngum 5 hydropower plant is located on the Nam Ting river, which is a major tributary of the Nam Ngum river upstream in a mountainous area. The power plant is about 300km north of Vientiane. The dam is located in Luang Prabang province and the powerhouse is located in Xieng Khuang province.

The total investment in the project is US$199 million. Sinohydro Corporation Ltd owns a 85 percent share and Electricite Du Laos owns a 15 percent share. The project’s chartered commercial operation period is 25 years.

Work on the project began in October 2008 and the plant became operational in December 2012.


Source: Vientiane Times

Banpu Power Targets Bt13.6 Billion From Upcoming IPO

BANPU POWER has targeted raising up to Bt13.6 billion from its initial public offering (IPO) later this month. The company, whose shares will be traded on the stock exchange under the BPP symbol, is being spun off from Banpu, which will remain a coal producer and maintain a 78.71-per-cent holding in its power-generating subsidiary after the IPO.

Banpu Power plans to issue up to 648.5 million new shares, 210 million of which will be allocated to Banpu shareholders and the balance to the general public.

The IPO price range is set at between Bt18 and Bt21 per share. The subscription period is October 10-13 for Banpu shareholders, and October 18-20 for the general public.

Somruedee Chaimongkol, chief executive officer of Banpu and a board member of Banpu Power, said the spun-off unit would be a near debt-free company with a shareholding equity of Bt34 billion and the capability to borrow more than US$700 million-$750 million (Bt24.3 billion-Bt26.1 billion) that it needs to fund the targeted expansion of its equity-based power-generating capacity from 1,913 megawatts at present to 4,300MW by 2025.

Most of the IPO proceeds will be used to repay a loan from its parent company for equity investment in the lignite-fired Hongsa power project in Laos early this year.

The repayment will help Banpu to save on interest payments to the tune of about $8 million annually.

She said Banpu Power had signed an international cornerstone placing agreement to allocate 110 million shares to Capital Research and Management and Credit Suisse, which had agreed to subscribe to the shares at the final IPO price, because the companies were both quality institutional investors whose participation would boost the confidence of general investors.

Bualuang Securities, Kasikorn Securities and Thanachart Securities are the co-lead underwriters of the IPO, the final price of which will be announced on October 17.

Previously a purely coal-fired power producer, Banpu Power entered the renewable-power business last year with solar-power investments in Japan and China.

From only 55.6MWequity capacity currently, the company aims to increase its renewable-power capacity to at least 20 per cent of its total equity MW by 2025.

China and Japan will contribute chiefly to the renewable target, with 400MW-500 MW to be derived from China, and 200MW from Japan, Banpu’s CEO said.

Banpu Power chief executive officer Voravudhi Linananda said the company’s strengths lay in its high-quality power-generation assets located in fast-growing markets in Asia.

It operates in Thailand, Laos, Japan and China, and is eyeing projects in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, India and other Asia-Pacific countries.

Committed projects and those under development alone will help Banpu Power to grow by 10 per cent annually, reaching 2,500MW equity capacity by 2018, he said.

The power producer believes it can maintain the return on its Japanese and Chinese investments at 12-14 per cent per annum in the years to come, he added.

Meanwhile, the company has set a goal for its Thai and Chinese power assets to each contribute one-third of its portfolio.

Somruedee said Banpu expected to benefit from the rally in coal prices, which had shot up to $78-$80 a tonne from less than $60 last year, since it still had about one-fourth of the 41 million-42 million tonnes of coal it expected to sell this year that it had not yet entered into forward-price contracts.

The coal producer would, therefore, realise the improved market prices in the current quarter.

Source: The Nation

Myanmar Likely to Join Asean Power Grid

MYANMAR is likely to be the fifth Asean country to sign up for the Asean Power Grid formed by Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, energy ministers have said.

CSG Seeking to Expand Lao Power Grid

China Southern Power Grid (CSG) is seeking cooperation with the Lao government to develop power grid infrastructure, aiming to expand the electricity network across the region.

Malaysia to Buy Power From Laos Via Thai Power Grid

VIENTIANE – Thailand and Malaysia concluded a deal on Wednesday which will see Malaysia buy 100 MW of electricity from Laos via Thailand’s power grid.

Top energy officials of the three countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) in the Myanmar capital of Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Officials hailed the landmark agreement as the first multilateral power trade to be implemented under the ASEAN Power Grid Initiative.

“Under the agreement, Malaysia will buy up to 100 MW of power from Laos, to be transmitted through Thailand’s national power grid,” the ministry said in a press release.

The MoU was signed by Lao Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Viraphonh Viravong, Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, and Thai Energy Minister Gen. Anataporn Kanjanarat.

A joint statement said the initiative is aimed at enhancing energy security in ASEAN through the establishment of a network of interconnections between the three member states.

“It is also hoped that this pilot project will pave the way for other multilateral power trading in ASEAN as a means to enhance energy security in the region,” the statement said.

Viraphonh was quoted as saying that there is more work to be done, and many more details to be ironed out.

“However, we believe our hard work will pay off, billions of dollars will be saved, and our people will benefit for decades to come,” he said.

It is anticipated that the power integration project will be extended to Singapore.

“While Singapore is not a party to this MoU, we salute Singapore for the support and expertise given over many months and many meetings,” Viraponh added.

“Together we will make the dream of sharing clean energy over three national grids – from Laos to Singapore – a reality.”

Citing the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, Malaysia’s The Star reported that the MoU would pave the way for Malaysia to purchase up to 100MW of hydropower from Laos via Thailand’s network by 2018.

The MoU also marked Malaysia’s commitment to increase the share of renewable energy in its fuel mix by 2020 as part of mitigation action to reduce carbon emissions in the power sector, it said.

“The initial capacity of 100 MW could be increased in the future and would positively balance our fuel mix to be more environmentally friendly,” the Malaysian ministry was quoted as saying by The Star.

In a separate session, Lao and Myanmar officials discussed an MoU calling for the two countries’ national utilities to conduct feasibility studies on how they can optimise benefits from power sharing, according to the Lao ministry.

A small amount of power is already exchanged in the Lao-Myanmar border area.

Earlier in the day, Vice Minister Viraphonh told AMEM delegates that Laos can produce far more clean, green, renewable energy than it can use.

“Laos is keen to promote power trades in ways everyone can benefit from. We are unapologetic about building dams and developing all of our abundant hydropower resources as rapidly and responsibly as possible,” he said.

“We urge you to further the momentum for ASEAN power sharing by establishing high-voltage interconnections between national grids.”

Speaking on behalf of senior leaders on energy from the ASEAN states, Myanmar’s U Htein Lwin said development of renewable energy technologies will help address the challenges of sustainable energy growth, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as climate change impacts the region.

Source: AsiaOne

GE, EDL Sign Agreement to Develop Laos’ Hydroelectric Power Workforce

Electricite du Laos and General Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch joint research and training programs designed to support the development of Laos’ hydroelectric power sector and electric grid.

Korea Western Power to Build Hydroelectric Power Plant in Laos

South Korea’s public power supplier Korea Western Power Co. announced on Sunday that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop a large-scale hydroelectric power plant in Laos with Thailand’s energy company CEWA.