PowerChina Breaks Ground on Laos’s First Wind Power Project

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Tuesday saw the official groundbreaking for Power Construction Corporation of China’s (PowerChina) 600 MW Monsoon Wind Power Project, the country of Laos’s first project of its sort.

The ceremony was attended by Saleumxay Kommasith, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Laos, Khamjane Vongphosy, Minister of Planning and Investment of Laos, Zhao Wenyu, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Laos, as well as representatives of the developer and contractor.

The Monsoon Wind Power Project, according to Lao Minister of Energy and Mines Phoxay Sayasone, will open new doors for the country’s wind energy development as well as give its economy and power sector new impetus.

Sayasone also anticipated that the project would be built smoothly with the help of Lao officials at all levels.

The Monsoon Wind Power Project by PowerChina entails a wind power project with a contracted capacity of 600 megawatts to be built in Sekong Province and Attapeu Province of southern Laos that will export and sell electricity to neighbouring Vietnam and was developed by Monsoon Wind Power Company Limited, a Lao company owned by Impact Energy Asia Development Limited from Thailand.

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According to the introduction by Monsoon Wind Power Company, once completed, the project will be the first wind power project in Laos, the largest in Southeast Asia, and the first cross-border new energy project in Asia.

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