First turbine up at 600-MW Monsoon wind project in Laos

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First turbine up at 600-MW Monsoon wind project in Laos

The first turbine has been installed at the 600-MW Monsoon cross-border wind project in Laos that will transmit power to Vietnam, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina) announced.

A ceremony marking the turbine hosting completion was held at the project site in southern Laos and was attended by Sonexay Siphandone, the Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Being built by PowerChina, the wind project was developed by Monsoon Wind Power Co Ltd, a Lao-based company owned by Thailand-based Impact Energy Asia Development Ltd. The complex is located in the Sekong and Attapeu provinces and will be the first of its kind in the country. Once up and running, it will sell its electricity across the border to Vietnam Electricity (EVN) under the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed in the summer of 2021.

Monsoon Wind’s construction was launched in May, with its commissioning planned for 2025. The project comes with plans for a dedicated 500-kV transmission line.