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Laos to export over 14,000 MW of electricity

Khammany Inthirath
Asia   Lao Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath

Laos' electricity exports will hit 14,600 MW by 2030. At present, Laos is exporting 4,415 MW to five neighboring countries.


The figures were revealed by Lao Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath at the 6th Ordinary Session of National Assembly's 8th Legislature, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Thursday.

The Lao government has signed a contract with the Chinese side for cooperation on construction of a national electricity transmission line. The government is working on this with China's state-owned power grid company, conducting technical and economic feasibility, and expects it to finish by 2019.

The governments of Laos and Thailand have signed a power trade agreement for 9,000 MW. Laos currently supplies over 4,000 MW electricity to Thailand and the Lao government is expecting to increase the power supply to 7,000 MW by 2020 and 9,000 MW by 2030 respectively.

Laos also sells over 300 MW to Vietnam and the Lao government expects to increase the power supply to 1,000 MW by 2020 and 5,000 MW by 2030, the Lao minister said.

Laos plans to sell 100 MW electricity to Malaysia via Thailand and the government expects to sell 300 MW more by 2020. The Lao government will sell 10 MW of electricity to Cambodia and expects to sell 200 MW more by 2020.

The Lao government sold 5 MW of electricity to Myanmar and will sell 100 MW more by 2022. Meanwhile, the governments of Laos and Myanmar have signed a cooperation contract on power purchasing, the minister said.

 

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