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Integrated Trans-ASEAN Energy Network to be Accelerated

The ASEAN Ministers of Energy, meeting in Ha Noi on 3 July 2000, agreed to accelerate the implementation of an integrated trans-ASEAN energy network consisting of an ASEAN power Grid and Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline Projects to promote ASEAN economic integration. In particular, the Ministers agreed to actively explore international and local sources of capital investment to bring these energy projects into reality. The Ministers acknowledged that the development of energy infrastructure, diversification of energy supply, improvement in energy efficiency and the utilization of new and renewable energy technologies would greatly contribute to the regionís energy security.

The integrated trans-ASEAN energy network is the main component of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation. An ASEAN Interconnection Master Plan Study Working Group has been formed to determine the viability of electricity interconnection projects. The Heads of ASEAN power Utilities/Authorities(HAPUA) are considering the establishment of a joint venture company to provide equity investment in the interconnection projects. Meanwhile, ASEAN expects to complete the Master Plan of the Trans-ASEAN gas Pipeline Project by 2001.

ASEAN MINISTERS OF ENERGY

H.E. PEHIN DATO ABDUL RAHMAN TAIB
Minister of Industry and Primary Resources,
Brunei Darussalam

H.E. MR. SUY SEM
Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy
Cambodia

H.E. MR. SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO
Minister of Mines and Energy, Indonesia

H.E. MR. SOULIVONG DARAVONG
Minister of Industry and Handicrafts, Lao PDR

H.E. DATUK TAN CHAI HO
Deputy Minister of Energy,
Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia

H.E. BRIG. GEN. LUN THI
Minister of Energy, Myanmar

H.E. MR. MARIO V. TIAOQUI
Secretary of Energy, Philippines

H.E. MR. LIM SWEE SAY
Minister of State for Trade and Industry,
Singapore

H.E DR. SAVIT BHOTIWIHOK
Minister to the Prime Minister`s Office, Thailand

H.E. DR. DANG VU CHU
Minister of Industry, Vietnam

and

H.E. MR. RODOLFO C. SEVERINO, JR
ASEAN Secretary-General
represented by
DR. ROBERT R. TEH, JR
Director, Bureau of Trade, Industry and Services

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Last Updated: June 2, 2000