The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) recognizes that access to reliable, secure, and affordable electricity is essential to powering the country’s economic growth and development and to becoming a major regional power provider. The power system plays a vital role in the provision of this electricity, but it also faces potential risk from natural, technological, and human-caused hazards, which may interrupt the provision of electricity or lead to a chronic undersupply of power.
A resilient Lao power system could thrive under changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from the impacts of hazards. Lao PDR is addressing risks and planning for a more resilient power system by identifying potential hazards, impacts and vulnerabilities to the system, and devising strategies to mitigate them. The Lao PDR now has the opportunity to develop comprehensive policies and implement actions that increase its power sector resilience incrementally over time.
This work presents a stakeholder-driven power sector resilience action plan for the Lao PDR (resilience action plan). The resilience action plan provides strategies to address the high-risk vulnerabilities identified in a vulnerability assessment conducted in anticipation of this resilience action plan. Participants in an extensive Lao PDR power sector stakeholder engagement process concluded that extreme precipitation, extreme temperatures, flooding, and landslides pose the greatest hazards to the power sector.
This report reviews the high-risk vulnerabilities that stakeholders identified in the vulnerability assessment and discusses the actions to address these high-risk vulnerabilities in detail.