Laos’ electricity exports to neighbouring countries and Asean states are expected to increase to about 20,000 MW between 2020 and 2030.
Electricity is considered a huge revenue earner for Laos, especially through exports to neighbouring countries and Asean states such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore.
Electricity is exported from Laos to Asean countries through Thailand by means of a transmission line. The power is first supplied to Malaysia and then sent through a Malaysian transmission line to Singapore, according to updated information on the Lao PDR Trade Portal website.
Demand for electricity in Laos grew last year due to the increase in the population and the number of factories. In 2019, domestic consumption was 1,222MW, and the Ministry of Energy and Mines has said consumption is expected to increase by 1,800MW between 2020 and 2025.