Rural Power Distribution and Efficiency Improvement Project (formerly, Northern- Cross Border Trade and Distribution)


Project 51329-001
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Type Loan
Sector Energy
Country Lao PDR
Start 2018
End -
Status Future
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 87,230
Confinancing Source: World Bank and AIIB-50.0M

Project Description

The proposed Northern Cross-Border Power Trade and Distribution Project aims to promote regional power exchange in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and expand access to energy in several northern provinces in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). The project will help address Lao PDR's need to: (i) expand access to low-cost, reliable power in rural areas; and (ii) develop power interconnections between Lao PDR and Thailand and Myanmar to increase power trade. The project will support the national electric utility, Electricite du Laos (EDL) to (i) expand distribution lines and provide off-grid alternatives in the provinces of Luang Namtha, Bokeo and Phongsaly; (ii) provide at least 8,000 household electricity meters for newly-connected customers; and (iii) construct one or more high-voltage transmission line(s) connecting northern Lao PDR with Mae Chan, Thailand and/or Shan State, Myanmar. The project builds on lessons learned from the GMS Northern Power Transmission Project and previous regional transmission support by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The project is included in the country operations business plan, 2018- 2020 and the GMS Regional Investment Framework 2022.

Progress (as of March 2021)



Contact 1
Contact Name Miller, Daniel
Organization Asian Development Bank
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

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  • Through increased access to renewable and reliable energy, the proposed project will reduce the cost and improve the supply of electricity for three provincial areas. Cheaper and more reliable electricity supply will encourage an improved business and investment environment. Long term access will create enterprises increasing household income. For job creation, the project will require unskilled labor for civil works during the construction phase.