Government approves importing Truong Son wind power from Laos

Vietnam set to boost electricity supply with Truong Son wind power project in Laos and expand grids for smooth import

Vietnam is set to purchase electricity from the Truong Son wind power project in Laos and invest in grids to connect it to the country, as confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha. The Truong Son wind power project, with a capacity of 250 MW by Viet Lao Energy Investment Joint Stock Company, is expected to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2025 and will be connected to the 220kV Do Luong transformer station in Nghe An Province.

According to an Intergovernmental Agreement between Vietnam and Laos, Vietnam plans to import about 3,000 MW of electricity from Laos by 2025, with potential for further expansion up to 11,000 MW by 2050. The current imports from Laos and China account for about 1.6% of the entire system output.

To expedite electricity purchases from Laos, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has instructed EVN to accelerate progress on various power line projects in different provinces in Vietnam. The purchase and investment in grids must adhere to Electricity Planning VIII and related regulations. The power purchase contract will be negotiated and signed by EVN and the investor of the Truong Son wind power project, ensuring economic efficiency in terms of pricing, costs, legal basis, responsibilities, and technical criteria.

Importing electricity from Laos is necessary to increase supply and reduce the risk of electricity shortages for the North in 2025 and beyond. This move is consistent with agreements signed between the governments of Vietnam and Laos as well as Electricity Planning VIII.

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