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|18 February 2010
Laos pushes for Asean's power supplier status
Laos plans to put four hydro-power plants into operation this year, thus accelerating economic growth of the country, Vietnam news agency cited the Ministry of Energy and Mining as saying on Tuesday.
In an effort to become a major electricity producer of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the Lao government signed numerous memoranda of understanding to supply electricity for Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.
The four hydro power plants are the 615MW Nam Ngum 2 plant, the 100MW Nam Lik 1-2 plant in Vientiane province, the 2.4MW Nam Nhon plant in Luang Namtha and Bo Keo provinces, and the 2.4MW Nam Theun 2 plant in Khammuone province.
The land-locked country is also developing other hydro-power plants, including the $232 million Vietnamese-invested Sekaman 3 plant with a capacity of 210 MW in Sekong province, and the 1,410MW plant in Luang Prabang province which is invested with $2 billion by the PetroVietnam Power.
Laos is planning 17 hydro-power plants and conducting feasibility study for 45 others.
The country has invested some $4.1 billion in electricity sector since 2001.
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