Rosatom may construct the first NPP in Laos

Rosatom may construct the first NPP in Laos
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State Corporation Rosatom carries on negotiations with Laos on the possibility of NPP construction in Laos, said Dr. Sinava Souphanouvong, Vice Minister of Energy and mines of Laos in an interview to “Vestnik of Atomprom”, corporate journal of Rosatom.

State Corporation Rosatom carries on negotiations with Laos on the possibility of NPP construction in Laos, said Dr. Sinava Souphanouvong, Vice Minister of Energy and mines of Laos in an interview to “Vestnik of Atomprom”, corporate journal of Rosatom.


The matter concerns 2 power units with the use VVER-reactors; the capacity of each reactor will amount to 1000-1200 MW. The NPP can be built on the basis of BOT-scheme meaning that the construction process will follow the principle “build-operate-transfer’. Sinava Souphanouvong thinks that “NPP construction on the BOT-scheme is a good offer”. According to him, this year Russia and Laos will celebrate 55 years of their diplomatic relations (that started on October 7, 1960). “To this date the signature of a memorandum on nuclear cooperation between Rosatom and Laos may be timed”, thinks Mr. Souphanouvong.

At present Laos is one of the leading countries in Southeastern Asia in hydraulic power engineering. The country is located in the central part of Indochina and has advantageous location for energy export to neighborhood countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. In Asian countries a policy of mutual aid is practiced. “Potential buyer is Singapore”, added Vice Minister.

Previously Laos signed an agreement on power supply of 5 GW to Hungary while power export to Thailand can amount up to 10 GW. Thus, Laos has potential markets to export generated nuclear power to.

At present total capacity of all the national power plants in Laos is 8 GW. There are more than 80 projects on new power plants construction that are in process, after their realization total capacity of Laos will constitute about 22 GW.
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