Nam Kong 1 is a 160MW hydro power project. It is located on Nam Kong river/basin in Attapu, Laos. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2017 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2021.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 160 160 Active Attapu, Laos China International Water & Electric ; Electricite du Laos; Investment and Hydro Power Consultant Sole


The project is developed and owned by China International Water & Electric, Electricite du Laos and Investment and Hydro Power Consultant Sole. The company’s ownership stake in the project stands as 65%, 20% and 15% respectively.

The hydro reservoir capacity is 0.679 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project is 190m. The penstock length is 600m. The penstock diameter is 5.8m. The project generated 100 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $202m.

The hydro power project consists of 2 turbines.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2017 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2021.

Contractors Involved

China International Water & Electric was selected to render EPC services for the hydro power project.

About China International Water & Electric

China International Water & Electric Corp (CWE ), a subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation, is a state-owned enterprise that provides contracting and investment services. CWE invests in construction of various water and hydropower projects across the countries. It also develops infrastructure projects including sewerage treatment, building construction, port dredging, and municipal infrastructure construction, transformation stations, substations, transmission lines, electrification projects. The company also constructs highways, expressways, bridges and road rehabilitation, and highway upgrading. CWE carries out water supply, irrigation, and other projects. The company operates across Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. CWE is headquartered in Beijing, China.

About Electricite du Laos

Electricite du Laos (EDL) is a state owned corporation. It owns and operates generation, transmission and distribution assets and manages electricity imports into its grids and exports from its stations.


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