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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam and Laos are accelerating the progress of a plan to build a 500-KV transmission line, said a senior official of the Electricity of Laos, a unit under the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Boungnong Bouttavong, deputy director of the Technical Department of the Electricity of Laos, said on Monday that the power line connecting Vietnam’s Central Highlands city of Pleiku and the southern Lao province of Ban Hatxan was expected to be up and running in 2015.
The project is designed to facilitate electricity trading relations between the two countries and other ASEAN countries.
Speaking to the Daily on the sidelines of the two-day 28th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME 28) in the resort town of Dalat that started on Monday, he said the feasibility study for the project was still underway.
SOME 28 is a main preparative meeting for the 28th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM 28) and related activities taking place from July 19 to 23 with a key theme “Energy and Climate Change”.
“The developer of the project is Vietnam’s Song Da Corporation, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will hopefully be the provider of technical and financial support for the development of this project,” he said.
“We hope the construction of the transmission line will be completed by 2015, then Laos will export a total installed capacity of more than 1,000 MW of electricity generated from several hydropower plants in Ban Hatxan to Pleiku City via this 500 KV line,” he added.
Bouttavong said one of the hydropower plants in Ban Hatxan had been already constructed by Song Da Corporation. The corporation will continue building more hydropower dams in its broader project in the Lao province with a combined capacity of over 1,000 MW each year.
In the future, the 500 KV transmission line will also be used for the power interconnectivity among ASEAN countries, such as between Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other ASEAN countries, said the Lao official.
According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, attending AMEM 28 are some 500 international delegates, including energy ministers from 10 ASEAN countries and high-level officials from Japan, South Korea, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, Russia and the U.S.
The meeting covers many important issues in ASEAN, such as inter-connection of ASEAN’s electricity grid and gas pipeline system, coal and energy conservation, renewable energy development, regional energy policies and power interconnection between countries in the Mekong sub-region.
13:04′ 26/02/2010 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam and Laos will work closer together to implement joint hydro-electric power projects, including the Sekarman I plant, to ensure they are completed on schedule.
The agreement was reached during talks in Hanoi on February 24 between Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and Lao Minister of Energy and Mining Soulivong Dalavong.
The ministers agreed that the two sides will examine the feasibility and progress of these projects and proposed the Asian Development Bank finance a 500kV Vietnam-Laos transmission line project.
They praised the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) and the Vietnam Coal and Mining Industries Group (Vinacomin) for training Lao energy engineers, and agreed to increase exchanges to share managerial and professional experience.
Mr Hoang thanked the Lao government for supporting Vietnamese businesses in carrying out mineral and oil exploration projects in the country.
Earlier the same day, the Lao Minister held a working session with the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam).
PVN General Director Phung Dinh Thuc proposed that the Lao government approve the Luang Prabang hydro-electric power project with a design capacity of 1,200MW, and expand the area for oil&gas exploration projects in Champasak-Saravan-Savanakhet.
The Lao Minister was also received by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung who welcomed bilateral mining and energy cooperation programmes and confirmed that the Vietnamese government will creates favourable conditions for the two countries’ business communities to invest in each other’s markets.
Mr Hung also urged both Vietnam and Laos to boost cooperation at the ministerial, local and business levels.