Asian bank eyes consultant funding for Laos small hydro plan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is considering a proposal to finance the hiring of consultants to help the government of Laos create a small and mini-hydroelectric development program.

ADB is considering providing US$700,000 in technical assistance to Laos’ Ministry of Energy and Mines to design one or two small or mini-hydro projects, with registration of carbon credits under the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The projects would be used as demonstration projects for further small-scale hydropower development.

Consultants would be recruited to propose amendments to Laos’ Electricity Law to give incentives to the private and public sector for development of medium, small, and mini-hydropower plants to provide clean energy. Additionally, the consultants would develop feasibility studies of up to two small hydro plants and would model CDM documentation for up to two hydro projects.

The work would require 14 months by consultants with expertise in hydropower planning and design, financial analysis, environmental assessment, resettlement planning, CDM, renewable energy policies, and various social issues.

The ADB project officer is Edvard M. Baardsen, Asian Development Bank, Infrastructure Division, SERD, Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6325544; E-mail:; Internet:

For information, contact Viraphone Viravong, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Vientiane, Laos; (856) 21-413012; Fax: (856) 21-413013; E-mail:

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