Vientiane power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Vientiane power station was a proposed 700-megawatt (MW) mine-mouth coal-fired power station in Sekong (Xekong) Province, Laos.


The photo below shows Vientiane, the approximate location where the plant would have been built.

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Two coal projects with similar specifications have been reported to be in planning for Sekong (Xekong) province:

  • Phonesack Group's Xekong Power proposed a coal project in Kaleum district of Sekong Province. Plans for the project included coal exports and a 2 x 300 MW Thermal Power Plant.[1] Phonesack Group was mining coal in the Kaleum District, which had estimated coal reserves of 215 million tonnes as of 2014. The coal would be used to power the station.[2]
  • On March 17, 2016, China National Heavy Machinery Corporation (CHMC) signed an EPC agreement with Electricite du Laos for a Sekong province coal-electricity integration project in Vientiane, capital of Laos. The contract was valued at US$2.1 billion. The project included: a coal mine with the annual raw coal output at 3 million tonnes and a 700 MW pithead plant with two 350 MW units. The project was expected to last 48 months with the loan by the Export-Import Bank of China.[3]

However, there have been no known developments on either proposal since March 2016. The project appears to be abandoned.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Electricite du Laos
  • Parent company:
  • Developer:
  • Location: Vientiane, Sekong (Xekong) province, Laos
  • Coordinates: 17.966667, 102.6 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 700 MW (Units 1-2: 350 MW)
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Mine-mouth
  • Source of financing: Export-Import Bank of China

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