The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (
) said that it expects the Xayaburi hydropower plant in Laos to begin operations and supply contracted power to Thailand by 2019 as scheduled.
This is in response to the opposition to the 1285 MW project from environmental groups.
Egat governor Sutas Patamasiriwat said that Ch Karnchang, the main investor in the project, had notified Egat that it was “highly likely” that the construction would continue as planned.
Ch Karnchang also said that the Laotian government was conducting a public hearing and was hiring a consultant to carry out an environmental impact assessment.
This process should be completed soon and construction completed by 2019.
Sutas said Egat and Thailand’s Energy Ministry were waiting for confirmation from the Laotian government as well as the Mekong River Commission.
Meanwhile, public officials are preparing the draft power purchase agreement.