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Laos: Vientiane Eyes on Renewable Energy Development
Source: kplnet.net
Source Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic
Created: Aug 16, 2010

(KPL) Vientiane Capital is drafting a plan on renewable energy resources to handle with the future increase in electricity consumption in Vientiane Capital.

The plan is aimed at coping with the constraints in electricity generation and the consistent growth of Vientiane Capital.

"As a result, the Vientiane Energy and Mining Service is speeding up to draw up a plan for the development of substitute energy, which is aimed at reducing insufficient electricity supply in towns and increase the volume of electricity export a major money spinner of the country," said its head Khounkeo Phansavath this week.

The socio-economic development plan of Vientiane Capital is primarily concentrating on infrastructure development, including communication, agriculture, tourism and other sectors.

All works have required the electricity supply for development. Realising its necessity, the Vientiane Energy and Mining Service has therefore required the use of renewable energy such as the development of solar cell in some public parks and street lights in the Capital.

The supply of hydropower electricity to 500 villages with a total population of 123,174 in the four municipal districts of Vientiane Capital is now overloaded, continued Mr Khounkeo.

"A few years ago, Vientiane Capital faced electricity shortage during summer times, which was resulted from a high volume of electricity consumption, he explained. If the plan for solar cell development was implemented, it would be a part to reduce the problem of insufficient electricity supply in Vientiane".

Vientiane Capital is conducting a feasibility study on the construction of a five-MW small-scale hydropower dam along Nam Sang river, Vangma village, Sangthong district northwest of Vientiane Capital.
This dam will solely generate electricity for Vientiane Capital to lessen the overloaded supply of electricity from the Nam Ngum hydropower plant. Meanwhile it would also increase the volume of electricity export by the dam, continued Mr Khounkeo.

In reducing the import of high price fuels, Vientiane Capital established a jatropha plantation association in Thongmang village, Saythany district in 2008.

Many local companies have invested in land clearing for jatropha cultivation with a total area of 1,000 ha. If all parties paid heed to the development of different sources of renewable energy, Vientiane would have sustainable renewable energy, he called for.

However there is a need to have a master plan to manage the plantation of jatropha and the human resource development of Vientiane Energy and Mining Service to support the above projects.

Vientiane Energy and Mining Service was speeding up to create a plan to produce substituted energy to use, which is aimed at reducing insufficient electricity in city and increase the volume export of electricity a main income of the country," said its head Khounkeo Phansavath this week.

In the socio-economic development plan of Vientiane Capital is concentrating on infrastructure development as a priority, including communication, agriculture, tourist and other sectors.

All works have required the use of electricity for the development. Seeing as necessary, the Vientiane Energy and Mining Service has therefore required the use of renewable energy such as the development of solar cell in some public parks and street lights in Vientiane Capital.

The supply electricity generating by hydropower dam to 500 villages with the population of 123,174 in Vientiane Capital was currently exceeding capacity, continued Mr Khounkeo.

"A few years ago, Vientiane Capital found obviously the shortage of electricity during summer, which was the result of a high volume of electricity consumption," he explained. "If the plan of solar cell development were implemented, it would be a part to reduce problem insufficient electricity consumption in Vientiane".

Vientiane Capital is conducting a feasibility study for the construction of 5 MW small scale hydropower dam along Nam Sang river, Vangma village, Sangthong district?northwest of Vientiane Capital.

This dam will solely generate electricity supplying to Vientiane Capital to lessen the consumption of electricity, which is prone to be high. It would also increase net volume of electricity export if this dam was effective, continued Mr Khounkeo.

There is another potential energy resource for reducing high price fuels Vientiane Capital established a jatropha plantation association in Thongmang village, Saythany district in 2008. Many local companies have invested in the clearance of land for jatropha cultivation with a total area of 1,000 ha. If all parties paid important to the multi-development of substituted energy, Vientiane would have sustainable substitution energy, he called for.

However there is a need to have a master plan to manage the plantation of jatropha and the human resource development of Vientiane Energy and Mining Service to support all above projects.
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