to Asian Development Bank's Regional Technical Assistance
(RETA) 6440 REG website: "Facilitating Regional
Power Trading and Environmentally Sustainable Development
of Electricity Infrastructure in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Project is financed by the Government of Sweden (SIDA).
The aim of this RETA is to: (i) develop and adopt a road
map for implementing the Regional Power Trade (RPT) and
to agree on a regional power interconnection master plan;
(ii) help GMS countries develop strategic integrated environmental
conservation programs; (iii) build on the results of this
work and extend it to environmental planning and environmental
monitoring of future power projects during their construction
project activities will be implemented over a period of
The construction of a regional electric power system is a
major concern and challenge for all the countries of the GMS
zone. Indeed, the regional electricity sector has to:
Cope with a strong growing demand;
Improve performances in management and the financial capacities
of the electricity companies, and restore the necessary
economic confidence allowing the development of private
investments in the long term;
Whilst limiting the environmental impacts and by promoting
the energy efficiency.
Following the signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement on
Power Interconnection and Trade in September 2003, the Regional
Power Trade Coordination Committee (RPTCC) was established.
It oversees the establishment of the regulatory, institutional
and commercial framework for power trade in the GMS.
This program has been largely supported by the Asian Development
Bank (ADB), which plays a central role of coordination and
independent mediation in order to direct the discussions and
facilitate decision-making. It co-chairs as such the RPTCC.
Within the context briefly described above, the general objectives
of the Project are:
1. To establish a competitive and efficient regional power market;
2. To ensure proper control of environmental impacts while developing power projects for regional power interconnection and trading;
3. To work towards consensus on a future eco-efficient regional power trading scheme.
The consortium carrying out this project is a strong association of well-known international consulting firms under the leadership of RTE International (France): EDF-CIH, Hydro Engineering Centre (France), Nord Pool Consulting AS (Norway), Power Planning Associates (UK), Cabinet Franklin (France), Centre for Energy Environment Resources Development (Thailand).
Partnership was established with national consulting firms and independent consultants in five GMS Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, PR China, Thailand and Viet Nam).
This website has been produced with the financial assistance
of SIDA through the ADB. The views expressed herein are those
of the Organizations involved in the implementation of the
project website and can therefore in no way be taken to reflect
the official opinion of SIDA or the ADB.