Feasibility study gets green light
Electricite du Laos (EDL) will cooperate with CITELUM, a French company specialising in urban electrical equipment, to carry out a feasibility study into the design and installation of an urban lighting system in Vientiane.
The 12-month project includes the design of a comprehensive traffic management plan for the city as well.
A memorandum of understanding on the study was signed on Wednesday by the Managing Director of EDL, Mr Sisavath Thiravong, and the President of CITELUM, Mr Michel Tesconi.
The document was countersigned by EDL's Deputy Mana ging Director, Mr Vongmany Sonekhetsulin, and the Conseiller of CITELUM's International Trade, Mr Pierre Daniel.
The signing ceremony was presided over by Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Khammany Inthirath, French Ambassador to Laos, Mr Yves Carmona and Vice Mayor of Vientiane Mr Somvanday Nathavong and was witnessed by ministry officials and other invited guests.
Under the agreement, the two parties will work together to develop the urban lighting and comprehensive traffic management study throughout the capital.
CITELUM will be responsible for completing the technical aspects of the study and financially supporting the project while EDL will be responsible for providing all necessary information to CITELUM.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Mr Tesconi said that CITELUM was very proud to have an opportunity to work with EDL again.
“Our first project in Vientiane was to create artistic lighting for four of the city's emblematic sites: That Luang stupa, the most famous religious monument here and a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
Ho Phrakeo, another important religious building; the Presidential Palace, a hallmark of colonial architecture; and the Sisaket Museum, which serves as both a temple and a museum,” he said.
CITELUM also created artistic lighting for Phousy in Luang Prabang province, the World Heritage city listed by UNESCO.
Mr Tesconi noted that these projects, which are supported by the French Development Agency, will strengthen Vientiane's urban identity while highlighting its centuries-long history and produce a result that is sure to attract tourists.
Dr Khammany said that establishing an urban lighting system and comprehensive traffic management plan for Vientiane would make the capital a safer, more modern, orderly and attractive place to live, work and visit.
He also hoped that CITELUM would be able to create similar lighting schemes for other, nearby cities to make them more beautiful and attractive places to visit.
CITELUM, is a French company specialising in urban electrical equipment and systems, from city lighting to traffic management. Authorities in urban areas turn to CITELUM to design and install public lighting, special lighting displays for heritage buildings and monuments, traffic light systems, and, more recently, urban electrical equipment needs like electric vehicle charging terminals, video surveillance, and traffic light radar coverage.