VIENTIANE, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Lao government expects as many as
90 hydropower plants to be in operation by 2020, raising the
combined installed generation capacity to over 12,500 MW and
enabling around 95 percent of families to have permanent access to
Known as a country rich in terms of hydropower resources, Laos
currently has 42 operational hydropower plants with an installed
generation capacity of 6,391 MW and an annual power output of about
Laos plans to export 200 MW of electricity to neighboring
Myanmar by 2020, Director General of Department of Energy Business
under Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines Xaypaseuth Phomsoupha was
quoted by Lao state-run news agency KPL as saying on Thursday.
The department has the ambitious plan to raise the
electrification ratio to 95 percent of families across the country.
This plan is among the priorities of the government to eradicate
poverty in the country, Xaypaseuth said.
As of August 2016, a total of 1,071,396 families in Laos had
access to electricity, or 91.82 percent of all families
At present, Laos sells electricity mainly to Thailand, Cambodia
and Vietnam. Thailand is its main export market, purchasing up to
10,000 MW, while Vietnam buys about 5,000 MW per year.
In addition, Laos will also export 100MW of power to Singapore
via power grids in Thailand and Malaysia by 2020.
The abundant resources of the Mekong River and its tributaries
give Laos the potential to produce more than 25,000 MW of
hydropower. The number of hydropower plants is expected to increase
from 42 to 50 this year as the government and private energy
developers try to complete the construction of additional
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