Friday, 4 January 2008

Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia agree to share electricity


Phnom Penh — Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam have signed an energy co-operation agreement, aiming to facilitate the construction of two World Bank-funded power transmission lines from Viet Nam and Laos to Cambodia.

The construction of the two projects, estimated at US$18 million, will start in 2008 and is expected to be completed in 2010.

One power line will stretch from Tay Ninh Province in southern Viet Nam to Kampong Cham Province of Cambodia and the other from Champasak Province in Laos will reach Cambodia’s Stung Treng Province.

Mohinder Gulati, a World Bank energy expert, said that the lines would greatly reduce the electricity production cost in those areas.

Thanks to the projects, Cambodia will directly use electricity from Laos in addition to the supply from Viet Nam.


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