Don Sahong Power Company Ltd. announced on Nov. 4 that it received a certificate from the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Laos, confirming the commercial operation date of the 260-MW Don Sahong Hydropower Project.
The run-of-river project began operating Oct. 1, and the 25-year concession period for the facility will end on Sept. 30, 2045.
The Don Sahong project was built on the Mekong River near Khone Falls in Champasak province, located on the southern end of the Sahong channel. At this location, just before the river enters Cambodia from Laos, it splits into many different branches and plunges over the 20-m-high Great Fault Line. The resulting maze of braided channels forms the wetland of Siphandone, or “Four Thousand Islands.”
In June 2015, Lao PDR and neighboring countries used the Mekong River Commission (MRC), an inter-governmental consultation organization, to negotiate affected flow rates from the Mekong River prior to the Don Sahong project’s construction. Don Sahong is the second Lao PDR scheme to use MRC processes.
Project developer DSPC is owned by Mega First Corporation Berhad of Malaysia.
The final cost to develop the project was not disclosed.