In 2014, Mr. Vanhkham Kongpaseuth started working with the Nam Theun 2 Power Company (NTPC), responsible for operating the Nam Theun 2 (NT2) hydropower project during its 25-year concession period. He began as a Mechanical Technician before transitioning to become a Shift Charge Operator in 2015. Vanhkham was recently promoted to Shift Charge Engineer, which means he shares responsibility for operating the NT2 powerhouse facility, performing routine maintenance and inspection, and supporting Electrical and Mechanical Engineers with troubleshooting.
For Vanhkham, pursuing a technical career is a first in his family. His parents did not have higher education, and of his ten siblings, he is the only one who chose to study a technical field. He started his career working in administrative roles at other hydropower projects, but says he has really improved professionally since starting at NT2. There, he learned about safety standards and operational good practices and has been exposed to new and advanced technologies.