Vietnamese EVN starts construction of 220 kV Laos– Vietnam line

State-owned Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has started construction on the Vietnamese section of the 220 kV transmission line between Nam Mo (Laos) and Tuong Duong (Vietnam).

EVN is undertaking this project at a cost of VND588 billion. The 74-km-long transmission line will transmit electricity to Vietnam from the Nam Mo hydropower plant in Laos as part of a bilateral deal on energy development between Laos and Vietnam. As per this mutual agreement, Vietnam will import 3,000 MW of electricity from Laos until 2025 and then up to 5,000 MW by 2030. As a second project serving electricity imports from Laos to Vietnam following the Xekaman 1–Pleiku 2 line, this is expected to improve access to power in northern Vietnam. It will be completed in August 2022, in conjunction with the completion of the Nam Mo hydropower plant.