The Government of the Lao PDR has to date signed MOUs or is undertaking research studies on more than 70 hydropowerprojects.Of these15 are either operational or under construction.
Laos has also signed an MOU to provide 7,000MW of energy after 2015 to Thailand, and 3,000MW of electricity from now until 2020 to Vietnam. The representatives of the energy sectors in Laos and Cambodia have signed a purchase agreement for the supply of about 5MW by the end of 2009. However, to date there is no MOU to officially certify the terms of the sale.
The government intends to use the profits from hydropower sales to fight poverty in the country.