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Hanoi (VNA) – Laos' electricity exports will hit 14,600 MW by 2030, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Lao Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath.

The minister added that at present, Laos is exporting electricity to five neighbouring countries at a total of 4,415 MW.

The Lao government has signed a contract with China for cooperation on construction of a national electricity transmission line. The government is working on the issue with China's state-owned power grid company and conducting technical and economic feasibility study, in the hope that the project will complete by 2019. 

The governments of Laos and Thailand have signed a power trade agreement for 9,000 MW. Laos currently supplies over 4,000 MW of electricity to Thailand and expects to increase the power supply to 7,000 MW by 2020 and 9,000 MW by 2030 respectively.

Inthirath added that Laos also sold over 300 MW to Vietnam and the Lao government hopes to increase the power supply to 1,000 MW by 2020 and 5,000 MW by 2030.

Laos plans to sell 100 MW electricity to Malaysia via Thailand and the government expects to sell 300 MW more by 2020. The Lao government will sell 10 MW of electricity to Cambodia and aims to sell 200 MW more by 2020.

The Lao and Myanmar governments have signed a cooperation contract on power purchasing. The Lao government already sold 5 MW of electricity to Myanmar and will sell 100 MW more by 2022. -VNA