Five Vietnamese companies will begin a feasibility study on six hydropower projects in Laos aiming at producing electricity for export to Vietnam.
These projects include Xekhaman 1, Nam Mai, Nam Sam, Nam Ngum CA, Nam Ngum CD and another project in Xebanghieng or its tributaries.
Laos has promised that it will supply 5,000 MW of electricity to Vietnam by 2015 including electricity from the Xekhaman 3 hydropwer project in Attapeu province. Construction of that project which is also a Vietnamese investment is now 70% completed.
Meanwhile, the Thailand-based Pokhaphan Group has recently agreed to perform a feasibility study on one more hydropower project on the Mekong River in Champassak province. This project, which is expected to cost 1.2 billion dallars to construct, can generate 800 MW of electricity.
Besides the agreement to supply Vientam with 5,000 MW, Laos also agrees to supply Egat of Thailand with 7,000 MW and Cambodia 3,000 MW beginning 2015.
Laos' Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh emphasized in a speech to the International Conference on Energy and Mining Development recently that his government's policy and goals in electricity development are to put all its efforts on turning Laos into the "Battery" of the region by building enough hydropower dams to generate electrictiy up to 30,000 MW in 2020.
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