The signing of the Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore (LTMS) Power Integration Project (PIP) deal has been delayed for another six months. Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the pioneer project’s memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was due to be signed during the 33rd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting and Associated Meetings which is being held here from Monday to Friday, has been stalled due to reservations by Singapore.
Dr Maximus Ongkili said authorities in Singapore needed to look into the transparency and competitive bidding process. The PIP pilot project is carried out in two phases, where under phase one Laos, Thailand and Malaysia can embark on this project with Malaysia buying the proposed 100 megawatts from Laos and Thailand,” he said. “At this point they are not ready to just impose the MoU conditions and take on the power load through the system,” he added.
Laos under the scheme has also eyed exporting electricity to Singapore through Thai and Malaysian power networks. The power fee in Singapore is much higher than those in neighbouring countries to which Laos has already exported power. Laos has the potential to produce hydroelectricity for sale due to large number of rivers in the country. Laos currently has 29 hydropower plants with each having an installed capacity of 1 MW or more.