Ministry proposes importing electricity from Laos

Electricity imports from Laos should be taken into account due to a possible power shortage in northern Vietnam from 2022 to 2025, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has written to the Prime Minister proposing a plan to import electricity from five hydropower plants in Laos, with a total generation capacity of 705.5 MW, and to build direct transmission lines from the hydropower plants in Laos to Vietnam.

The electricity import price is capped at 6.95 U.S. cents/kWh for hydropower plants in Laos operating before December 31, 2025, according to the ministry’s report approved by the Prime Minister. The Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) is responsible for negotiating a price that is not higher than the cap with the power plants in Laos.

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