EPPEI holds the First Seminar and the Second Training of Lancang-Mekong Power Connectivity Project

On 24th June, the First Seminar and the Second Training of Lancang-Mekong Power Connectivity Project was held in Kuming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province. The Seminar was co-organized by China Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute (EPPEI) and China Southern Power Grid (CSG), guided by the National Energy Administration of China (NEA) and supported by Lancang-Mekong Special Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The theme of the Seminar was Connectivity – Sharing Clean Electricity in Lancang-Mekong Region and that of the Training isSharing Practice and Deepening Cooperation – Jointly Promote Power Connectivity among Countries along the Lancang-Mekong River. Li Ye, Executive Director General of Regulation of NEA, Li Xilai, Chief Engineer of EPPEI and Liang Zhou, Deputy Chief Economist of CSG attended the Seminar and delivered speeches. Xu Xiaodong, Vice President of EPPEI attended the closing ceremony of the Training on 29th June.

Li Ye said power connectivity is one of the priority areas of the Lancang-Mekong regional cooperation, and power infrastructure has been developing rapidly in the region in recent years. However, about 30 million people in the region still lack access to electricity due to underdeveloped infrastructure, Li said, adding that China is willing to cooperate with countries in the region to promote the development of the power industry.

Li Xilai said that countries along the Lancang-Mekong River are rich of energy resources. The increasing demand of energy brings great potential in energy and power cooperation. As an important think tank of the NEA, EPPEI has been actively participating in power cooperation between China and countries in this region and conducted several bilateral and multilateral energy cooperation researches. This Seminar and Training will build a platform of countries in this region to communicate and exchange ideas of power connectivity.

Liang Zhou said that the Lancang-Mekong region is rich in clean energy resources, and power grid connectivity in the region will help promote the effective use of clean energy.

 More than 130 delegates from China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia attended the seminar and discussed opportunities for power connectivity and energy cooperation. Experts from EPPEI, CSG, Ministry of Electricity and Energy of Myanmar, Ministry of Energy and Mines of Laos and Mekong Institute delivered keynote speeches on the opportunities and challenges of power connectivity among Lancang-Mekong countries. Two round table sessions were also held during the Seminar.

 30 participants from the power administrations and enterprises of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia and international organizations attended the training the Training from 23th June to 30thJune. Experts from EPPEI, CSG, China Gezhouba Group, Zhejiang Electric Power Design Institute and Goldwind were invited to give lectures on topics about power connectivity. Participants also visited several power projects as part of the training.

 Xu Xiaodong said on the closing ceremony of the Training that, the energy and power cooperation in Lancang-Mekong region requires long-term investment and continuous efforts. He hoped the participants apply the experience and technologies learnt from this training to the power development of their countries.

This January, the First Training of Lancang-Mekong Power Connectivity Project was held in Guangzhou, which was attended by about 30 participants. EPPEI has concluded the experience and responded the feedbacks from participants of the last training in this one. The second seminar and third training of the project will be held by November this year.