Lao govt opens Don Sahong project to all concerned parties

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The Lao government recently opened the construction site of the Don Sahong Hydropower project, located in the Khon Falls area of Mekong River in Champassak Province, to all agencies concerned about the latest development of it, Lao News Agency reported.

The objective of the opening is to address any concerns among domestic or international agencies and provide them the opportunity to see and observe for themselves that the project is being carried out in compliance with international standards and the 1995 Mekong Agreement.

On 15 Feb, American Ambassador to Laos Daniel Clune and his delegation visited the construction site of the project. He was warmly welcomed by Champassak Governor, Dr Bounthong Divixay along with local authorities and residents.

The Don Sahong Hydropower project, with a total installed capacity of 260 megawatts, has been thoroughly studied as well as any possible negative impacts that have been raised by experts concerned or relevant sectors for 2-3 years before the construction was given the green light to begin earlier this year.

The opening and invitation to all agencies to follow up on the development of the project is to reaffirm the Lao government’s intention to develop hydropower projects in the country that are in line with sustainable development and environmentally-friendly standards.

The project has a concession period of 25-years and is expected to start commercial generation in 2019 at an annual rate of about 2,000 GWh.

The estimated cost of the Don Sahong Hydropower Project is US$500 million. The project is being developed by the Don Sahong Power Company.