Flagship Wind Power Development in ASEAN
IES has been assisting Impact Energy Asia Limited (IEA) to develop a 600 MW Monsoon Wind Power Project in Southern Laos. The estimate of project cost is USD 1.3 billion. The project is targeted to reach commercial operation by 2021. With the capacity of 600 MW, the project is recognized as the largest wind farm in ASEAN and it could save CO2 emissions by 34 million tons throughout the project lifetime.
First and most advanced wind power development in Laos
IEA has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lao Government (GOL) in November 2011 to exclusively conduct first of its kind large scale wind project feasibility study. In 2015, following more than three years of wind measurement and a feasibility study conducted by reputational wind expert, IEA has entered into a Project Development Agreement (PDA) with GOL, granting an exclusive right to develop the first wind power project in Laos. Regarding the development progress, the engineering design and wind turbine technology are supported by one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer while multilateral development banks indicated their funding support to the project.
Strategic Location – ASEAN’s Clean Power Hub
The project is located on a 1,200 meter elevation plateau of Southern Lao, along the main highway connecting Ubon Ratchatani (Thailand) to Danang (Vietnam); strategically located among Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. The area is one of the country’s least development and most heavily bombed area during Indo-China conflict. The project can provide ample opportunities for the country and local community by boosting job creation and improving quality of life.
Synergy in generation as wind energy generates mostly during dry season and hydro power generates in wet season. As wind and hydro complement each other well, transmission is better utilized; hence, the concept yields stable power supply and cheaper to transmit electricity for a longer distance. The project when combining with hydro can distribute renewable energy competitively to other ASEAN nations and can fulfill Lao’s ambition as “Battery of Asia” as well as ASEAN clean energy grid ambition.