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Thailand considers buying more power from Laos

Thailand may buy 9,000 megawatts of electricity from Laos this year to ensure sufficient supply to meet rising demand, says a senior official at the Energy Ministry.

That is nearly 30% higher than the 7,000MW Thailand currently buys annually from Laos, according to the most recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) the two countries signed in 2007. Of the total 9,000MW of power, most of it would be generated from hydropower, which is more cost-effective than fossil fuels.

By Yutthana Praiwan

Bangkok, Thailand, July 20, 2016

Bangkok Post

Thailand may buy 9,000 megawatts of electricity from Laos this year to ensure sufficient supply to meet rising demand, says a senior official at the Energy Ministry.

That is nearly 30% higher than the 7,000MW Thailand currently buys annually from Laos, according to the most recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) the two countries signed in 2007.

That MoU expired last year.

The source said senior officials are working on the details of a new MoU, which is due to be signed by the two governments in the second half of this year.

“If the two sides work out the MoU’s details on time, it could be signed during the Asean Summit meeting, which is set to be held in Laos in September,” the source said.

Of the total 9,000MW of power, most of it would be generated from hydropower, which is more cost-effective than fossil fuels.

Read more at Bangkok Post

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