Andritz awarded contract to outfit Laos’ 670-MW Nam Theun 1 hydropower plant

Equipment supplier Andritz Hydro has been awarded a contract to outfit the 670-MW Nam Theun 1 hydroelectric plant in Laos.

The deal will see Andritz provide three vertical Francis turbines, generators, governors, automation and control systems, transformers, switchgears, inlet valves, mechanical auxiliaries, installation supervision and commissioning supervision, per a company statement.

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

The plant will be located on the Nam Kading River about 33 km upstream from its confluence with the Mekhong River in Laos’ Borikhamxai province. The project is scheduled for commissioning in 2020. Power generated by Nam Theun 1 will be supplied to both Laos and Thailand.

Nam Theun 1 is the second in a string of projects that includes the previously constructed 1,070-MW Nam Theun 2.

Andritz said its experience supplying equipment for Nam Theun 2 and Laos’ 1,285-MW Xayaburi were key factors to securing this most recent contract.

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