The Laos government is planning to develop the world’s largest hybrid floating solar project known as Nam Theun 2-Solar (NT2S).
The 240MWp project is said to be an agreement between the Government and the shareholders in the Nam Theun 2 (NT2) hydropower plant with Electricite de France (EdF), together with Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE) and the Electricity Generating PCL (EGCO) of Thailand.
The solar-powered venture is expected to be in operation in 2024 and is currently the world’s most giant hybrid floating solar project that comprises a total of 3.2sq km area.
The project development cost, however, remains uncertain.
Upon the completion of the project, NT2S is expected to reduce the generation of hydro in the nation, and at the same time, contribute to higher water savings in preparation for dry seasons.
The plant is expected to generate 6,000GWh annually, supplying electricity to the Lao (five per cent) and Thai (95 per cent) power grids.