Nam Ou River hydropower project in Laos starts 2nd phase operation

A ceremony to start the first power generation unit of Nam Ou River Cascade Hydropower Project’s second phase was held on Thursday, in Luang Prabang, some 220 km north of the Lao capital Vientiane.

Lao Minister of Energy and Mines and President of the Laos-China Friendship Association Khammany Inthirath, and Chinese Ambassador Jiang Zaidong pressed a crystal ball button at the ceremony, thus jointly launching the power generation of the second phase’s first unit, on the largest tributary of Mekong river in Laos.

The Nam Ou River cascade hydropower project, developed by Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina) under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and also the first Chinese company-run project to win the development rights of a whole river basin in the country, is highly valued by Chinese and Lao governments and people.

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