Bangkok (VNA) - CK Power Plc (CKP) of Thailand expects to commence full operation of the 1,285-megawatt Xayaburi hydroelectric power plant in October as planned.

This project began distributing power from the first generator unit to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) in April.

CKP's managing director Thanawat Trivisvavet said the EGAT issued a certificate of readiness for operation on October 1 for seven turbine generators of this power project.

Beginning construction in 2012, the Xayaburi power plant is the first mega-power plant on the lower Mekong basin.

The seven turbine generators have a capacity of 175MW each and all the 1,225MW is sold to the EGAT through a 500-KV transmission line in Tha Li district, Loei province.

Thanawat said the EGAT also made a joint test run at the Xayaburi plant to ensure all the seven generators can provide electricity with rigid reliability and stability to EGAT's power grid.

The projects is hoped to minimise power shortages during daily peaks or emergency electricity outages from other power plants in a short time./.