Laos to boost power infrastructure

Published onMarch 5, 2020

The Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines is implementing new measures and standards for dam safety in a bid to boost electricity sales to Laos’ foreign trading partners. The energy market is key for Laos as the country exports power to neighbouring nations and ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore. National consumption for the country in 2019 was 1222MW, but this demand is expected to increase by a further 1,800MW by 2025. Currently the country exports over 5,620MW of electricity just to Thailand but, under its ambitious directive, Laos expects to increase electricity exports to about 20,000MW by 2030.