Malaysia inks pact to buy up to 100MW of hy­dro power from Laos

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has inked a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Laos for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of mul­ti­lat­eral cross-bor­der power trade of up to 100MW, through Thai­land.

The Min­istry of En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter (KeTTHA) said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that the MoU was signed on the side­lines of the 34th Asean Min­is­ters on En­ergy Meet­ing in Nay Pyi Taw, Myan­mar.

The MoU will pave the way for Malaysia to pur­chase up to 100MW of hy­dro power from Laos trans­mit­ted through Thai­land by 2018.

The min­istry said the mul­ti­lat­eral power trade is the ini­tial stage of the Asean Power Grid ini­tia­tive which is a flag­ship project un­der the Asean Vi­sion 2020. The project is aimed at en­hanc­ing en­ergy se­cu­rity in Asean through the es­tab­lish­ment of a net­work of in­ter­con­nec­tions be­tween the Asean mem­ber states.

It also noted that the sign­ing marks Malaysia’s com­mit­ment to in­crease the share of re­new­able en­ergy in its fuel mix by 2020 as part of the mit­i­ga­tion ac­tion to re­duce car­bon emis­sion in the power sec­tor.

Cur­rently, the fuel mix of Malaysia is dom­i­nated by coal and gas and the gov­ern­met is com­mit­ted to ra­tio­nal­is­ing this in ac­cor­dance with its com­mit­ment made in the Paris Agree­ment at the end of 2015.

“The ini­tial ca­pac­ity of 100MW could be in­creased in the fu­ture and would pos­i­tively bal­ance our fuel mix to be more en­vi­ron­ment friendly,” the min­istry said.

En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Max­imus Johnity Ongk­ili in the state­ment ex­pressed his ex­pec­ta­tions that the pi­lot project will pave the way for other mul­ti­lat­eral power trad­ing in Asean as a means to en­hance en­ergy se­cu­rity in the re­gion which would be of sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage to Malaysia.

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