Mekong Utility Watch

Électricité du Laos: Increases imports from neighbouring countries

Vientiane Times
August 12, 2008

Local electricity demand rises

The value of energy imported by Électricité du Laos (EDL) from neighbouring countries will increase by 27 billion kip this year.

The company spent about 190 billion kip importing electricity last year and expects to spend about 217 billion kip on imports this year from China , Thailand and Vietnam , according to a statement given at the company’s review meeting in Vientiane last week.

The increase is due to increased local demand for residential and industrial uses.

EDL Managing Director Mr Khammany Inthirath, said last week residential energy demand increased from 15 to 20 percent this year.

Local supply value stands at about 853 billion kip, an increase from around 679 billion kip from last year.

The company plans to spend more than 6 billion kip purchasing energy from local private generators, up from about 5 billion kip last year.

Domestic power generators are hydropower plants at Theun Hinboun and Houay Ho in Borikhamxay and Champassak provinces.

The company spent 3.3 billion kip purchasing energy from these sources in the first six months of this year.

Laos plans for at least 70 percent of the population to have access to electricity in 2010, and 90 percent by 2020.

“Currently 59.11 percent of the population has access to electricity,” Mr Khammany said.

He said national access would be about 62 percent by end of this year, once electricity development projects are completed that will deliver power to more than 30,000 houses in northern Laos and a further 40,000 in the south.

Laos currently has 11 major hydropower plants in operation and 36 smaller ones. These generate energy for both the domestic market and for export. They have a combined installed capacity of more than 670 megawatts.

EDL, a state-owned enterprise, aims to promote economic development in Laos by providing electricity and related services to consumers by the most economical means.

EDL’s business activities include source exploration, and the generation, transmission, sale, and purchase of electricity both inside and outside the country.

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