Harmonizing the Greater Mekong Subregion Power Systems to Facilitate Regional Power Trade (TA)


Project 47129-001
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Type TA
Sector Energy
Country Regional
Start 2014
End 2021
Status Ongoing
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 1,500
Confinancing Source: PRC Trust Fund-0.5M

Project Description

This regional technical assistance (RETA) is designed to support the continuous work of the Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee, the Working Group on Performance Standard and Grid Code, the Working Group on Regulatory Issues, and eventually the Regional Power Coordination Center in laying the essential building blocks to facilitate GMS regional power trade. Through these institutions, much more will be done by the GMS members themselves in developing a full-fledged GMS power market where all countries can realize and share the full benefits of synchronous operations. Interventions include harmonizing performance standards and grid codes dictating the technical rules for the coordinated planning and operation of the regional electricity market; and harmonizing regulatory framework, pricing, legal framework for third party access to the grid and wheeling obligations all towards a unified, fair and transparent regional electricity market.

Progress (as of March 2021)

Ongoing Ongoing. Performance Standards: Completed under ADB TA and adopted by the countries as a reference document. Lao PDR is using the standards. GMS Grid Codes: Draft completed under ADB TA and provided to GMS countries for enforcement. Subregional GMS Transmission Expansion Plan: Un- der ADB TA, power system studies are ongoing. Draft plan to be completed by June 2020


Contact 1
Contact Name Bui, Duy-Thanh
Organization Asian Development Bank
Email buiduythanh@adb.org
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

News and Multimedia

  • Improved energy security through enhanced cross- border regional power trade.
  • https://www.greatermekong.org/greater-mekong-subregion-regional-grid-code