General Director of the Electricity of Laos (EDL) Khammani Inthirath has said at a press briefing that the country will build at least two hydro power plants every year until 2020.

To date, the country has a total of 14 hydro power plants with a combined capacity of 2,540MW instead of 10 with capacity of 700 MW in 2006.

As planned, the Nam Ngum 2 hydro power plant will come into operation in December this year. While Tad Salen, Nam Ngum 3 and Sekaman 3 in Savannakhet, Vientiane and Sekong provinces will start operation next year.

The country will have two other power plants, Nam Song in Vientiane province and the expanded Theun-Hinboun in Bolikhamsay province in 2012.

Meanwhile, construction of the 1,800MW Hongsa thermal power plant in Sayabouli province will be completed in 2015.

The Government of Laos has planned to make the country a power generation centre in the region.

Together with developing hydro power projects, the government has also paid due attention to environment protection, especially forest and water resources./.