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Vietnam mulls importing 8,000 MW of electricity from Laos by 2030

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam is planning to import up to 8,000 MW of electricity from Laos by 2030 to ensure stable power supply in the coming years, according to a newly revealed action scheme of the National Power Development Plan for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050.

Signed by Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha on April 1, the scheme lays out a foundation for businesses and investors to implement projects included in the approved National Power Development Plan VIII.

According to the scheme, to facilitate electricity imports from the neighboring country, the development of power transmission lines will be prioritized.

Vietnam has been importing electricity from Laos since 2016 under a cooperation agreement between the two governments.

Given the demand for electricity from Laos could rise during dry seasons, particularly in the northern region, the scheme emphasized the importance of electricity imports from Laos in securing stable electricity supply for northern Vietnam in the years to come.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed importing wind power from Laos to further supplement domestic power supply.

Although the National Power Development Plan VIII was approved by the prime minister in May 2023, the action scheme for its implementation has faced delays.

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