Thailand expects to buy 20,000 megawatts more of electricity from Laos and Myanmar combined as part of the country's bid to diversify energy sources by reducing dependence on natural gas in power generation.
Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said electricity supplies from Laos and Myanmar are mostly from hydroelectric and coal-fired power plants.
A decade ago, Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to purchase 1,500 MW of electricity from Myanmar and 7,000 MW from Laos. So far, about 2,000 MW of hydroelectric power are supplied from Laos with another 3,000 MW of coal-fired and hydroelectric plants in the country under development. Hydroelectric and coal-fired power supply from Myanmar has not started.
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