Selected Project Examples
Strengthening generation expansion planning and policy making capacity in the hydropower sector, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Laos
Fichtner supports the Government of Lao PDR in developing the hydropower planning and management capacity needed to ensure long-term sustainability of water resource management and the hydropower sector. The project background is rapidly growing domestic demand and dynamic electricity markets in and around Laos. Development of hydropower potentials has to be reconciled with water resource management requirements, ecological constraints and options for fossil-based power generation. Fichtner develops and applies a methodology for assessing avoided generation cost when purchasing power from BOT projects, develops and applies a least-cost power generation expansion model, and provides capacity building through training in the application of these planning tools and methods.