Laos plans to develop a total of 25 energy projects between now and 2020, with the aim to increase its electricity exports to 6,862 megawatts. The plan will include 23 hydro-electric power projects and 2 lignite-fueled electricity generating plants.
Lao officials expect the 25 projects to be able to produce more than 11,000 megawatts of electricity. Of which, about 484 megawatts will go toward satisfying domestic demands, while the rest will be exported, mainly to neighboring Thailand, who has agreed in principle to increase its previously scheduled purchase of 3,000 megawatts from Laos to between 5,000 and 6,000 megawatts.
Prime Minister BounNhang Vorachit says the energy development plan is part of Laos' strategy to become the "battery" of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
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