Source: Vientiane Times
In recent days, the weather in most parts of Laos has been extremely hot, with temperatures exceeding 40℃ at many places.
Under the influence of the continuously high temperatures, electricity consumption in Laos is rising continuously, with a significant increase in the electricity load compared to the same period in past years.
In order to meet the electricity demand for Laos’ national economic development and people’s livelihood, Chinese power generation enterprises actively fulfill their responsibilities and work together to ensure power supply, helping to meet the demand for local electricity consumption in the peak summer season.
According to statistics, Chinese power generation enterprises currently operate 16 power stations in Laos, with an installed capacity of 2,256 megawatts. These plants account for 48 percent of the current installed capacity of the Lao National Grid system.
Since April this year, the average daily total load of Chinese power generation enterprises has been about 810 MW, accounting for about 42 percent of the total load of Laos’ power grid.
This provides a reliable guarantee for the economic recovery and development of Laos, the stable operation of the China-Laos Railway and the continuous increase of power load of the whole network after the pandemic.
Throughout the years, Chinese power generation enterprises in Laos have adhered to the principles of consultation, co-construction and sharing, actively maintained close communication with the Lao government and various stakeholders in society, and actively responded to various difficulties and challenges in production and operation.
They have played a crucial role in alleviating Laos’ power shortage, promoting local power grid upgrading and interconnection, ensuring safe and stable operation of the power grid, and reducing foreign exchange costs by purchasing electricity during dry seasons.
Whether it is power generation and supply guarantee in Laos, or the fight against the pandemic, disaster relief, and fulfilling social public welfare, they both stand up and take the lead, reflecting the corporate responsibility of Chinese power generation enterprises to adhere to the principle of “people first”.
The enterprises actively shoulder the responsibility of benefiting the people on one side, serving as a model for the friendship between China and Laos, and assisting in the construction of a community with a shared future between China and Laos.
In order to better coordinate the greater role of various Chinese power generation enterprises in promoting the economic and social development of Laos, under the guidance of relevant departments of the Lao government and the Lao Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the Lao Chinese Power Generation Enterprise Association was established last year.
The association consists of 13 power generation enterprises, including China Power Construction Corporation, China Water International Corporation, South Grid International, Northern International, Yunnan Energy Investment, Dongfang Electric, Hebei Construction Investment, China National Electric Corporation, and Guangshui Third Bureau.
Since its establishment, the association has actively played a bridging role and maintained good communication with the Lao government, power regulatory authorities, and relevant social parties in a timely manner.
This has improved resource integration and information-sharing efficiency, and strengthened exchanges and cooperation between Chinese power generation enterprises and external stakeholders in power production technology, operation and maintenance management, dam safety management, talent education and training, ecological environmental protection, and corporate culture construction, actively sharing resources and development achievements with the local community that has made important contributions to promoting the improvement of the power and energy industry in Laos.