VA Tech Hydro details contract for Laos’ 254-MW Sekamang 3

Andritz VA Tech Hydro outlined details June 3 of its US$42.36 million contract to equip the 254-MW Sekamang 3 hydroelectric project in Laos.

Signing of the Sekamang (or Xekaman) 3 contract was announced in April by the builder, Sekamang 3 Co. Ltd., a unit of Vietnam-Laos Electrical Joint Stock Co. (HNN 4/23/08) VA Tech Hydro was chosen over four other bidders to supply turbine-generators for the US$273.1 million project in Laos’ Sekong Province.

VA Tech Hydro said June 3 the scope of supply includes two Francis turbine-generators, a governing system, an automation and protection system, spherical valve, auxiliary systems, and a complete switchyard.

Vietnam construction group Song Da Corp., a participant in the Sekamang consortium, is to install equipment under VA Tech Hydro supervision, the Austrian firm said. The project now is scheduled to begin operating in April 2011.

With a net head of 515 meters, in the Mekong River catchment, Sekamang 3 is to generate 1 billion kWh per year for export to Vietnam.

Vietnam’s government authorized a US$1 billion international bond issue in 2007 to finance investments including Sekamang 3. The year before, the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam agreed to lend 1.15 trillion dong (US$71.7 million) to the project.

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