Power for South East Asia

ABB has won a $63 million contract for its part in building an 1100 MW hydroelectric power plant in Laos that will bring sustainable power to remote regions of Thailand and Laos.


ABB said today that it has won a $63 million contract for its part in building an 1100 MW hydroelectric power plant in Laos that will bring sustainable power to remote regions of Thailand and Laos.



Head contractor EDF (Électricité de France) has awarded three civil and two electro-mechanical contracts to construct the $1.2 billion Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project. ABB is part of a consortium lead by GE Energy that won an electro-mechanical contract.



The order will draw equipment and systems from ABB units in Canada, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand, including: static generator excitation systems; one 500 kilovolt (kV) substation; one 115 kV substation; thirteen 90 megavolt ampere (MVA) single-phase transformers; two 50 MVA 3-phase transformers; a SCADA system; electrical protection systems and telecommunication systems.



The project is designed to provide Thailand with 5,600 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year, and Électricité du Laos (EDL) with 300 GWh per year. It has been identified by the World Bank as a key project for the economic and social development of Laos.


The project is owned by the Nam Theun Power Company (NTPC), which will build the power plant and operate it for 25 years, at which time it reverts to the Laotian government.