The Xayaburi Dam is a hydroelectric dam under construction on the Lower Mekong River approximately 30 kilometres east of Xayaburi (Sainyabuli) town in northern Laos.
The main purpose of the dam is to produce hydroelectric power.
With a planned capacity of 1,295 MW – of which 1,220 MW will be sold to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and approximately 60 MW will be sold to the Electricité du Laos – the Xayaburi run-of-river power station will produce electricity for approximately one million households in Laos as well as in neighboring Thailand.
The project was approved with the participation of European experts and based on ecological and social measures, including an environmental compatibility study.
It is slated for commercial operation in January 2019.
The Xayaburi Dam is the first of the 11 dams planned on the lower Mekong.
GFE was entrusted with the installation and monitoring of the instrumentation for the monitoring of the structural behavior of the powerhouse, intermediate block, spillway and navigation lock, and the permanent excavation slopes, in order to prevent any structural damage due to abnormalities.
Courtesy of Sisgeo Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. (www.sisgeoasia.com)