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November 26, 2021

Sanakham, Laos

By Carmen

Sanakham is a 684MW hydro power project. It is planned on Mekong river/basin in Xaignabouli, Laos. The project is currently in permitting stage. It will be developed in single phase. The project construction is likely to commence in 2024 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2028.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 684 684 Permitting Xaignabouli, Laos Datang International Power Generation


The project is being developed by Datang International Power Generation. China Datang Overseas Investment and Government Of Lao People’s Democratic Republic are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 81% and 19% respectively.

Sanakham is a run-of-river project. The hydro reservoir capacity is planned to be 106 million cubic meter. The net head of the project will be 25m. The project cost is expected to be around $2,073m.

The hydro power project consists of 12 turbines, each with 57MW nameplate capacity.

Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2024. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2028.

Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project will be sold to Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand under a power purchase agreement.

About Datang International Power Generation

Datang International Power Generation Co Ltd (Datang Power) is an independent power generation company. It develops power plants; produces and distributes electricity; and sells heat from power plants. The company generates electricity from coal-fired generating units, thermal combustion engines, hydro, wind, and photovoltaic facilities. Datang Power mines, purchases and sells coal. It also transports coal between its subsidiaries. The company sells coal ash and aluminum smelting products. It serves to industrial grid companies in the provinces in China. Datang Power is headquartered in Beijing, China.


All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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