Northern Cross-Border Power Trade and Distribution Project (ADB-51329-002)

  • Laos
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Specific Location
Luang Namtha, Bokeo, and Phongsaly
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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Voting Date
Nov 22, 2017
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Government of Laos
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  • Energy
  • Technical Cooperation
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 0.80 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jul 20, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Nov 27, 2017

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Project Description
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According to the bank website, 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). 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 and Thailand and Myanmar to increase power trade. The project will support the national electric utility, Electricite du Laos (EDL), with the following outputs: (i) electricity distribution expanded in the provinces of Luang Namtha, Bokeo, and Phongsaly, including provision of at least 8,000 household electricity meters; and (ii) cross-border transmission line(s) connecting Lao PDR with Thailand and/or Myanmar constructed. The outcome will be domestic electricity consumption and cross-border electricity trade increased. The impact will be Lao PDR graduated from least developed country status, as stated in the Vision 2030 and National Ten-Year Socio-Economic Development Strategy, 2016–2025.

Project due diligence will (i) evaluate the feasibility of one or more high-voltage cross- border connections between Lao PDR and Thailand and/or Myanmar, consisting of the following options:
(a) from Ban Tonpheng (Bokeo Province, Lao PDR) to Mea Chan (Thailand),
(b) from Ban Tonpheng (Bokeo Province, Lao PDR) to Shan State (Myanmar), and
(c) from Meung Long (Luang Namtha, Lao PDR) to Shan State (Myanmar)

(ii) conduct a system study of cross-border interconnector options of 115/230/500 kilovolt as may be determined and evaluate the feasibility of using high-temperature low-sag conductors; (iii) determine the optimal combination of on-grid and/or off-grid solutions for rural electrification in three northern provinces (Luang Namtha, Bokeo, and Phongsaly) through a least-cost electrification planning approach; and (iv) develop an investment plan for the various electrification options.

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


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