POWER UTILITY | Staff Reporter, Thailand

Thailand to sell hydropower to Malaysia, Cambodia

It is aiming to become the electricity hub in the ASEAN region.

Thailand is gearing itself to become the electricity hub in the ASEAN region by developing and enhancing its power transmission lines, sourcing hydropower from Laos and selling to Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar, a report by Xinhua revealed.

"In order to provide affordable electricity to people in ASEAN, we need to install modern transmission lines," permanent secretary of the Thai Energy Ministry Kulis Sombatsiri said. “Other alternatives include providing other sources of renewable energy including solar, wind and biomass power."

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With regards to natural gas, ASEAN member countries agreed to establish warehouses and transportation pipeline systems to support the increasing energy demand in ASEAN from the current 10 million tons per year to 60 million tons in 2035.

As the ASEAN chair, Thailand is pushing for policies related to electricity, energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas.

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