Laos and China officials sign hydropower deal

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laos damRenewable energy authorities in Laos and China signed an agreement to develop hydropower in Laos, news reports said October 11.

The deputy head of Laos’ Renewable Energy and New Materials Institute, Bounchan Douangvilay, told the Vientiane Times that he had signed an agreement with the International Center on Hydropower in China’s Yunnan province on small-scale hydropower development in Laos.

Small hydropower generators are seen as a way to provide electricity to rural communities, especially in remoter areas.

According to the state-owned Electricite du Laos, the government has two major targets: to connect 80 to 90 per cent of the country’s households to a reliable electricity supply by 2015, and to develop the nation’s huge hydropower potential to boost revenue through the export of electricity.

The deal comes as part of nine memorandums of understanding signed by officials from the neighbouring countries during a meeting in Vientiane on October 8 and 9.

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Renewable energy authorities in Laos and China signed an agreement to develop hydropower in Laos, news reports said October 11.

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laos damRenewable energy authorities in Laos and China signed an agreement to develop hydropower in Laos, news reports said October 11.

The deputy head of Laos’ Renewable Energy and New Materials Institute, Bounchan Douangvilay, told the Vientiane Times that he had signed an agreement with the International Center on Hydropower in China’s Yunnan province on small-scale hydropower development in Laos.

Small hydropower generators are seen as a way to provide electricity to rural communities, especially in remoter areas.

According to the state-owned Electricite du Laos, the government has two major targets: to connect 80 to 90 per cent of the country’s households to a reliable electricity supply by 2015, and to develop the nation’s huge hydropower potential to boost revenue through the export of electricity.

The deal comes as part of nine memorandums of understanding signed by officials from the neighbouring countries during a meeting in Vientiane on October 8 and 9.

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