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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Thailand ups demand for Lao energy

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy development in Laos was signed between the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Thai Ministry of Energy on Saturday in Vientiane.

“The MoU calls for Laos to provide 7,000MW of energy after 2015,” said the Lao Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Bosaikham Vongdara, at the signing ceremony.

Dr Bosaikham said that under the agreement Laos will have to generate 5,000MW for sale to Thailand from now until 2015, and a further 2,000MW after this date.

The Lao government and hydropower developers are now building several plants to meet this demand.

These include the Theun-Hinboun expansion, Nam Ngum 3, Nam Ngiep 1, Nam Theun 1, and the Hongsa lignite-fired power plant project.

The Thai Minister of Energy, Dr Piyasavasti Amaranand, said at the ceremony that purchase agreements had already been signed for energy supply to Thailand, from power generated by the Nam Theun 2 (NT2) and Nam Ngum 2 (NN2). These projects are now under construction.

NT2 will have an installed capacity of 1,070MW and NN2 in Vientiane province will have an installed capacity of 615MW.

Dr Piyasavasti said Laos and Thailand have been cooperating in this field since 1992; in 1993 Thailand required only 1,500MW, but this had since increased dramatically.

Currently, about 10 projects, including hydro-power and lignite, are lined up to sell electricity to Thailand; all of these must be completed before 2015 and will have a combined installation capacity of more than 5,000MW. Many of these projects are being developed by individual investors.

Some have already begun generating electricity, while others are still in the planning or construction phase, or expanding their capacity.

Laos currently has a combined installation capacity of about 670MW from 11 major and 40 smaller and medium hydropower plants generating energy for both domestic and export markets. They generate about 3.5 billion kWh per year, of which about 2.2 billion kWh is exported to Thailand.

Export demand is still high, with Vietnam purchasing 3,000MW of electricity from now until 2020.

By 2020, the government aims to have 29 major hydropower development schemes in place, with a total capacity of about 8,657MW, said the Deputy Director General of the Lao Energy Promotion and Development Department, Mr Xaypaseuth Phomsoupha, in an interview in June.


By Phonsavanh Vongsay
(Latest Update December 24, 2007)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like your website, but it will be great if you can post more about the list of Lao export electricity how MW per year and how much income for that exporting?

I really want to know that..

Lao woman

Phanomsinh said...

Dear Lao woman.
Thank you for saying that you like my blog.
Since you said that you are Lao I can feel better to explain in Lao.
Please see this topic in my community
http://forum.pnomsin.com/index.php?topic=542.0

I think it may help you getting the answer to your question.

Ouan said...

Dear. Mr. Phanomsinh
I am so glad that you can help people to get into data of Laos. As you know searching for Lao data is very difficult. I am Laos so my English is not so good. Now I am writing thesis about the electricity export of Laos to Thailand, but I need to know the statistic about how much Laos export electricity to Thailand every year, and how much the export price per unit every year. I have tried to search about these data but I could have not. Could you please give me some suggestion or websites that can get these data. Now I am studying in Japan, so it is quite difficult to go back to Laos to get the data. I hope you will give me some suggestions.
I am looking forward to hearing from you
Noy (ノイ)

Ouan said...

Dear. Mr. Phanomsinh
I am so glad that you can help people to get into data of Laos. As you know searching for Lao data is very difficult. I am Laos so my English is not so good. Now I am writing thesis about the electricity export of Laos to Thailand, but I need to know the statistic about how much Laos export electricity to Thailand every year, and how much the export price per unit every year. I have tried to search about these data but I could have not. Could you please give me some suggestion or websites that can get these data. Now I am studying in Japan, so it is quite difficult to go back to Laos to get the data. I hope you will give me some suggestions.
I am looking forward to hearing from you
OUAN or NOy

Phanomsinh said...

ສະບາຍດີທ່ານ OUAN or NOy
ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າຍິນດີ ໃຫ້ຄວາມຊ່ວຍເຫລືອທ່ານ ໃນການຂຽນບົດ

ຖ້າທ່ານຕ້ອງຫຍັງ ກະລຸນາຂຽນລົງໃນເວັບບອດ ຊຸມຊົນຄົນໃນວົງການໄຟຟ້າ

ສະຫມັກສະມາຊິກ ແລ້ວຂຽນລົມກັນໄດ້ເລີຍ
ທີ່ http://forum.pnomsin.com/index.php?board=15.0

Ouan said...

Dear Mr. Phanomsin
Thank you very much for your reply, but my computer also my university’s computer cannot read Lao font so that I don’t understand what you wrote. Could you please post it again in English? I followed the link below, but I cannot read the font on the website, it probably Lao language, can it be changed into English language? I am sorry to disturb your time.
Kind regards,
OUAN

Phanomsinh said...

I think if you need infomation you need to search from many sources including Lao webpages. Here is how to handle with Lao font http://laobeginner.blogspot.com/search/label/saysettha%20OT

anirban said...

Dear. Mr. Phanomsinh,

I like your website, but it will be great if you can provide more about the existing plat, installed capacity and the future projection. Export related data will give extra advantage. The information in the link, http://forum.pnomsin.com/index.php?topic=542.0 are not in English. So can you please guide me

Thanking you,
Anirban Joarder

Phanomsinh said...

Dear Anirban Joarder
Again Thank you for reading my blog and I am sorry that this blog cannot provide enough information for you. The info you asking for is avalable in Ministry of Energy and mines (MEM).
Until now MEM has no website but you still can check here http://www.poweringprogress.org/