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Monday, September 22, 2014

Laos pushes for energy integration

Laos will push for the acceleration of energy integration under the Asean Power Grid (APG) to address the imbalance in the distribution of power-generating resources in the region.

The Energy Policy and Planning Department Director General Dr Daovong Phonekeo told Lao media during a senior official meeting in Vientiane yesterday to prepare for the 32nd Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) today.

The move comes after energy integration has been talked about for years but the project has not progressed, it is still largely as before.
Dr Daovong, who is also the senior official for Laos, said any integration was mainly conducted among neighbouring countries, not broadly and systematically connected to the wider Asean countries.

“We will take the opportunity of the 32nd Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting in Vientiane to push for the acceleration of energy integration in Asean,” he said.

The APG aimed to connect countries with surplus power generation capacity to those who face a deficit.
The intention is to link up power lines in the 10 Asean nations by 2020, but there is still a need to further harmonise business regulations, technical standards and systems that impact the interconnection of national power grids.

Laos will also propose to the Asean ministerial meeting an initiative to undertake a pilot project to explore cross border power trade from Laos to Singapore.

The scheme could serve as a pathfinder to further enhance multi-lateral electricity trading beyond neighbouring borders to support the realisation of the APG. The pilot project will involve the four Asean member states of Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
Singapore has agreed in principle to purchase 100 MW of electricity from Laos under the pilot scheme, while Thailand and Malaysia have offered their support.

The Lao electricity transmission line is already connected with Thailand’s, while the Thai network is connected with Malaysia’s and the Malaysian transmission line is connected with Singapore.

AMEM is an Asean mechanism for strengthening energy cooperation to address major energy challenges and ensure a secure and reliable energy supply in the region.

Ministers and delegates from nine Asean member countries, six dialogue partners, Asean Secretariat, International Energy Agency, Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asean Centre for Energy, as well as other Asean agencies on energy, will attend the meeting.

Up to 300 participants are expected to attend the 32nd AMEM and its related meetings. These include Asean Plus Three (three dialogue partners – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea) Energy Ministers Meeting and Asean Plus Six (China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand) Energy Ministers Meeting.

On Monday, senior officials discussed various documents at the preparatory meeting for the ministerial meeting today. The meeting also reviewed cooperation projects implemented over the past year.

The Asean officials also discussed cooperation projects for the next five years before holding a meeting with their counterparts from the plus three nations of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea to discuss cooperation, notably on issues related to energy training and exchange lessons between Asean member countries and the plus three nations.
By Somsack Pongkhao 
(Latest Update
 September 23, 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hongsa Power completes to evacuate victims to new resettlement

By: Singkham
(KPL) More than 450 households with more than 2,300 people in five villages of Hongsa district, Sayaboury province were evacuated from the construction site of Hongsa lignite power house.
The evacuation started on March 2011 and fully completed last June, according to last week press release from the Hongsa Power Company Ltd.
Evacuees in Mai, Champa, Nasaykham, Nanongkham and Namaiyom have been relocated to a new resettlement equipping with a new house for each households with public facility, a school, a dispensary and farmlands.
Each new house have been built on 450 sq m and two hectares of farmland have been allocated to people affected project. A family with eight members up has been allocated two new houses.
Hongsa Power Company Ltd confirmed the villagers will graduate from poverty within three years.
Throughout the first three-year, the company will provide foods and create jobs for evacuees in order to bring more income to their families.
In addition, Hongsa Power Company Ltd also provided hygiene, healthcare and seasoning diseases prevention.
This is the first lignite thermal power plant in Laos with an installed generation capacity of 1,878 MW is expected to generate electricity in 2016 and its output will be sold to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and the Electricite du Laos (100 MW).

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A 2.7 MW Saloung dam feasibility study being conducted

 (KPL) Governor of Saravane province had made a decision on studying the development of small hydropower plant on the Houaysaloung river proposed by the P&P Road and Bridge Construction Company.
Following the decision, an agreement on the feasibility study was signed in the province on May 15 between Director of the Provincial Planning and Investment Service of Saravane, Mr. Sayadath Vongsalavanh, and Director of the P&P Road and Bridge Construction Company, Mr. Bounthit Phaichit and Head of the Provincial Energy and Mines Service of Saravane, Mr. Bounma Keo-onsa.
The signing was witnessed by local authorities and officials of relevant parties.
THE proposed project is the development of a small scale hydropower dam with an installed generation capacity of 2.7 mw on the Saloung dam at Tamong village, Ta-oy district, Saravane province. 

By Soulaphone Kanyaphim

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

10 people die during Huaphan spirit relocation

Ten people died in Xamneua district, Huaphan province, last week, after attending a ceremony to relocate the spirits of their former village to their new dwelling place.
The incident occurred on the evening of May 12. Natang villagers had gone together to conduct the spirit relocation ceremony when tragedy struck, according to a report received from the provincial authorities yesterday.
After the ceremony they went back to their village but as they walked along a hillside path, one of their party, Mr Amphone, stumbled and rolled down the mountain to his death.
The village security guard Mr Singphone ran to fetch a gun from his house and fired it into the sky to inform the other villagers that something grave had happened.
Unfortunately the gunfire brought down the 22kV electricity cable overhead, causing it to hit the ground where a group of villagers was standing. Another nine people, eight of them children, were killed after being electrocuted, including the owner of the gun.
The nine people who died were Mr Singphone, 42, his son Boun aged 16, Ms Pheng aged 14; Ms Chan aged 7, Mr Manh aged 9, Ms Bong aged 13, Ms Van aged 9, Mr Chan aged 17, and Ms Vone aged 15. They were all from Natang village.
Director of the Huaphan provincial Department of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Khamla Bounmixay, told Vientiane Times yesterday these people moved to the new village about 2 or 3 years ago so they could be closer to the main road, but they had yet to organise a ceremony to relocate the spirits of their former village.
He explained that according to local custom, when anything bad happened the villagers would fire guns into the sky to inform others, who would then come running.
“The village security guard Mr Singphone died after trying to pull the live cable away, but it electrocuted him as well,” Mr Khamla said.
“This is the worst incident of its kind in the province. We've had electrocutions before but on those occasions only one or two people were killed.”
Mr Khamla said electricity was installed in the village a year ago as part of efforts to improve people's living conditions.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update May 16, 2012)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hot weather sees energy usage soar

Electricity consumption in Vientiane reached a record high in March after several days of high temperatures in the city.
A peak load of 216.7MW was recorded on March 19 when the maximum temperature that day was 34.2C.
Workers load a new aircon unit for delivery to a customer.
“The reason for the high load was the greater use of electrical equipment, especially fans and air conditioners,” said Deputy Director General of Electricite du Laos for the Vientiane Region, Mr Soukhonh Chanthone.
Temperatures rose to 35.8C on March 23, and then to 38.2C on April 25.
One major retailer of air conditioners said workers were installing about four 4,800 BTU air conditioners every day. Last year, some 20 large retailers and other small businesses installed an estimated 45,000 air conditioners in Vientiane.
The heat has also resulted in a higher demand for ice. Some ice makers have installed more refrigeration units and are running them for longer to keep pace with demand. Many factories and offices have also installed water coolers for their staff which has also added to the load.
The peak load this year was up 6.28 percent on the same month in 2011 when it peaked at 203.9MW on March 21.
Mr Soukhonh said that at times of peak consumption, power generation was sometimes unable to meet demand. This resulted in insufficient or low voltage, or even an overload and a temporary power outage.
The electricity authorities have assigned extra maintenance teams to stand by to quickly respond in these situations. These measures were implemented early last month and are expected to continue until the end of next month when cooler weather is expected to arrive.
As high temperatures drive up electricity usage, Mr Soukhonh called on members of the public to be on the alert for danger. Consumers should regularly check their electrical equipment and make sure it is in safe working order.
He also advised minimising the use of electricity as much as possible to save energy and avoid hazardous consequences.

By Somxay Sengdara
(Latest Update May 7 , 2012)