The Toshiba Corporation announced early this month that Toshiba Hydro Power (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. (THPC), its Chinese subsidiary for the manufacture, sales and maintenance of hydroelectric equipment, has won a major order to supply three sets of 44-megawatt hydroelectric generating equipment for the Nam Ou 4 Hydro Power Plant in Luang Prabang Province, Laos.
The delivery of the equipment will begin in March 2018 and the new plant is scheduled to start commercial operations in 2020, according to the Toshiba source.
Laos, rich in water resources, including the Mekong, is known as “The battery of Southeast Asia” for its exports of hydro-generated electricity to neighboring China, Thailand and Vietnam. Hydro power plants account for most of Laos’ 3.27GW generation capacity, and this is expected to increase to 11.0 GW by 2020.
The order was received from Power China Resources Ltd., one of China’s biggest power generation companies, and the equipment will include five-blade bulb water turbines designed and manufactured by THPC.
Toshiba installed its first hydropower system in Laos in 2010 and its supply record to date, including at Nam Ngum 2, Nam Ngiep 2 and Nam Ou 5, comprises 9 hydroelectric turbines and generators with total capacity of 1,000MW.
Commenting on the order, Takao Konishi, Vice President of the Thermal & Hydro Power Systems & Services Div. in Toshiba’s Energy Systems & Solutions Company said, “Since its first shipment of a 60kW hydroelectric generator to Japan’s Keage Power Plant in 1894, the Toshiba Group has built up a long track record of providing more than 2,000 units with a total capacity of more than 58GW worldwide, including in the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. With experience and technology shaped by this history, Toshiba will strengthen its efforts to support Laos’ plan to increase hydro power generation by delivering cost-effective, high performance hydro power products.”
Source: Lao News Agency