The first turbine of the 600 MW Monsoon onshore wind project, located in southern Laos, has been in installed. The US$1.5bn wind project, built by PowerChina, is being developed by Impact Energy Asia Development (IEAD), a joint venture of Impact Wind Investment Limited (owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and an affiliate of Impact Electrons Siam, 55%) and Thailand’s BPCG (45%).
The project will be constructed on an area covering 640 km2 in the districts of Dak Cheung and Sanxay. The government of Laos has signed a 25-year concession with BCPG for the project, which is expected to become operational by 2025. The power generated from the Monsoon wind project will be sold across the border to the state-owned company Electricité du Vietnam (EVN) via a 500 kV transmission line, under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with EVN in July 2021.
Laos currently doesn't have any wind power installed capacity, however, nearly 4.9 GW of projects are under construction or development as the country is seeking to develop its wind capacity.