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Laos: a Vision for Energy by 2030

The Government of Laos* presented its Vision for 2030 in the energy and mining sector, aimed at speeding up the country’s modernisation and industrialisation. This strategy is above all based on the development of hydroelectricity.

Laos’s current plans foresee the completion of at least 19 hydroelectricity projects from now to 2020, with an installed capacity of about 3,500 MW. In all, more than 60 projects are planned, generating an annual output of 60,000 GWh and $1 billion in annual income. The government’s goal is to supply 98% of the country’s households with electricity.

In 2015, 38 hydroelectricity projects were operational (i.e. 26 more than in 2010), generating an output of 6,265 MW. The recent projects include Nam Ngum 2, Nam Ou 2, 5 and 6, Nam Khan 2, Nam Ngiep 2, and the Honga Thermal Power Plant. To date, more than 85% of villages and nearly 90% of households have continuous access to electricity.

* H.E. Viraphonh Viravong, Vice-Minister of Energy and Mines, is a member of IFGR.

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