ASEAN to sign pact on
power exchange in July, report says
2005 - Kyodo News
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will
sign a pact in July aimed at ensuring uninterrupted
power supply throughout the region through power
exchange, the New Straits Times reported Tuesday.
said the grouping's 10 member countries are scheduled
to sign a memorandum of understanding on the framework
to develop an ASEAN power grid during the ASEAN
Ministers of Energy Meeting in Vientiane, Laos,
energy minister Lim Keng Yaik said in a speech at
the 22nd Heads of ASEAN Power Utility and Authority
council meeting in Sabah state that the agreement
is a first step toward establishing an ASEAN framework
and parameters for power exchange similar to that
we are already connected with Thailand and Singapore.
The project between Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra
has been identified as a feasible interconnection,"
quoted Indonesia's Transmission and Distribution
director Herman Darnel Ibrahim saying the power
connection could be established by 2011.
power grid and the 4,500-kilometer-long trans-ASEAN
gas pipeline project are part of the region's ambitious
plan to boost energy security and linkages vital
as it moves toward greater economic integration.
of ASEAN Power Utilities and Authority council was
established in 1981 to study the interconnection
some 10 other interconnection projects which would
make up the ASEAN power grid but which still require
feasibility studies, such as the link between southern
Philippines and Sabah; Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia;
and Thailand and Myanmar.
Mohamad Noh, chief executive of Malaysia's state-owned
utility company Tenaga Nasional Bhd., said at the
meeting that ASEAN has to optimize its resources
in light of rising oil prices and growing demand
for energy in the region.
are issues that need to be ironed out first.
need to be addressed in the establishment of the
power grid include cross-border rate charges as
well as logistical aspects such as transporting
abundant hydropower from Laos to Thailand," he was
quoted as saying.
that funding for the project comes from the Asian
Development Bank and Japan Bank for International
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar,
the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.