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ASEAN high-voltage link to be initiated in four member countries


(KPL) The integration of high-voltage power grid network among ASEAN member countries is expected to be launched in Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

The Director General of Energy Policy and Planning Department under the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Dr Daovong Phonkeo, gave an interview to local media at a Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME) Preparatory Meeting on the 32nd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) in Vientiane yesterday.

Dr Daovone who is also Head of ASEAN Energy Senior Officials for Lao PDR said that the initial plan of integration of high-voltage power grid network will be proposed at the 32nd AMEM which will be held today.

The plan will be proposed by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr Soulivong Daravong.

"If this plan is successful, we will further expand to other ASEAN member countries," he said. "So far, the power grid connection has only covered neighbouring countries such as Laos and Thailand, or Thailand and Malaysia".

Dr Daovong explained that the connection of power grid system among ASEAN will bring benefits not only to Laos but also to all members of ASEAN on exchanging energy.

The Preparatory Meetings of SOME and SOME Plus Three discussed preparation of documents which will be proposed at the 32nd AMEM today.

The documents include SOME Chair's report, a five-year (2015-2020) cooperation plan on energy sector in ASEAN member countries.

The participants also discussed the importance of energy saving in order to reduce electricity generation from fossil fuel which is a cause of global warming, climate change, flood and draught.






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