Northern Cross-Border Power Trade and Distribution Project (ADB-51329-001)

Countries
  • Laos
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Luang Namtha, Bokeo, and Phongsaly
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
Proposed
Bank Risk Rating
U
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Borrower
Lao People's Democratic Republic
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Sectors
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
Grant, Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 27.40 million
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 24.40 million
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Grant Amount (USD)
$ 3.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 27.40 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Mar 27, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Mar 22, 2018


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Project Description

The proposed Northern Cross-Border Power Trade and Distribution Project aims to promote regional power exchange in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and expand access to energy in several northern provinces in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

According to the bank document, the project will help address Lao PDR's need to:

(i) expand access to low-cost, reliable power in rural areas; and

(ii) develop power interconnections between Lao PDR, Thailand, and Myanmar to increase power trade.

The project aims to support the national electric utility, Electricite du Laos (EDL) to:

(i) expand distribution lines and provide off-grid alternatives in the provinces of Luang Namtha, Bokeo and Phongsaly;

(ii) provide at least 8,000 household electricity meters for newly-connected customers; and

(iii) construct one or more high-voltage transmission line(s) connecting northern Lao PDR with Mae Chan, Thailand and/or Shan State, Myanmar.

The project builds on lessons learned from the GMS Northern Power Transmission Project and previous regional transmission supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The project is adopted in the country operations business plan, 2018- 2020 and the GMS Regional Investment Framework 2022.

Investment Description
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Grant US$   3.00 million

Loan  US$ 24.40 million

Contact Information

Executing Agencies

Electricite du Laos
Samsenethai Road, P.O. Box 309
Vientiane
Lao People's Democratic Republic

*There is no further information disclosed at this stage of the project*

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