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Lao technicians sought to operate largest power plant
Publication Date : 13-09-2013
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has entered into an agreement with Ratch-Lao Service Company Limited on the provision of personnel for operation and maintenance services at the largest Hongsa Mine Mouth Power Project in Xayaboury province.
The two parties signed the agreement in Vientiane on Tuesday in the presence of Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Khammany Inthirath, and officials from the two companies.
Ratch-Lao Managing Director, Chinnakorn Chantra, said at the signing ceremony his company will hire 117 Lao technical staff to work in operations and maintenance of the power plant.
The power plant, which is being built in Hongsa district, is expected to start commercial operation in 2015.
The 117 local hires will include 48 workers in operations and 59 in maintenance while the rest will be employed in security, nursing and laboratory work.
New recruits will receive training in operations and maintenance both in Laos and Thailand.
Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL Chief Executive Officer, Pongdith Potchana, said the Hongsa project has two main components the power plant and the coal mine. 117 Lao staff will be required for the power plant while at least 700 will be needed for the coal mine.
Training courses will start early next year and the company is currently advertising for people to fill these positions. The project currently employs about 3,000 Lao staff.
Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE) Deputy General Manager, Sayphet Aphayvanh, told a recent biannual meeting of the enterprise in Vientiane that as of the end of June the project had employed over 5,362 people, of whom 3,493 were local hires.
At that date the Hongsa project was 62 per cent complete 1.1 per cent ahead of schedule.
The Hongsa project is the to be largest power plant to be built in Laos and will have an installed capacity of 1,878MW and a price tag of more than 28.93 trillion kip (US$3.71 billion).
Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL owns a 40 percent stake in the project, while Thailand's Banpu Power Ltd owns 40 percent and LHSE holds the remaining 20 per cent.