The Nam Kong 3 plant will be located in Attapue and is being built by Chaleun Sekong Energy. It is expected to be completed by May 2020.
Poyry’s engineering services deal includes the design, civil works and installation of a roller compacted concrete dam, spillway, plunge pool, headrace tunnel, power house tailrace channel and switchyard, plus the construction of a new transmission line.
The plant is one of several being built in Laos in a bid by the country’s Ministry of Energy and Mines to hit a target of 12,500 MW capacity by 2020.
This target is an effort to solve power shortage problems within the country and stimulate economic benefits by supplying 7 to 8 per cent of energy to the nearby Sub-Mekong regions.
Work on the Nam Kong 3 plant is already underway: the site quarry and crusher system became operational at the end of May while the structural concrete works in the main dam began last June.
Poyry has been involved in more than over 50 hydropower projects in southeast Asia in the last 40 years and has 90 hydropower foreign and local experts in the region.