Hydropower is booming in Southeast Asia. Main driving forces are rapid population growth, increasing demand for energy, focus on clean hydropower and unexploited potential.
One of the main resources of the country is electricity, mainly generated from hydropower - the share of generation is 99%.
Vietnam has a fast growing population of about 90 million people and an economy which is rapidly developing. Nowadays Vietnam has an electrification rate of 99%.
The supply and distribution of electricity in Kazakhstan can be erratic but the country is moving forward with plans to improve reliability of electricity
The country has a technically feasible potential for hydro generation of about 13,500 GWh, thereof 40% are already developed.
The Philippines will be the most rapidly growing economy in Southeast Asia in 2016, facing an enormous challenge regarding electrical energy supply.
Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s most populous country with a total installed hydro capacity of about 5,258 MW.
Myanmar has a promising hydropower potential, which is equivalent to 46.000 MW. Thereof not even 7% have been developed until now.
Malaysia is well developed, 100% of the population have access to electricity. The share of hydro in the electricity generation mix is about 20%.
Only 2% of the whole electricity demand is covered by hydropower generation. The potential of hydropower is almost fully exploited, South Korea is now focussing on its tidal resources.
As of today only about 19% of the technically feasible hydropower potential is developed and only 12% of the electricity generation comes from this renewable energy resource.
Recent annual hydro generation is about 40% of the technically feasible potential of 2,720,000 GWh, which means there is a huge potential waiting to be developed.
Bhutan currently taps only 6% of its hydropower potential of 118,260 GWh and is building 12 new hydropower dams with a combined capacity of 10,000 MW by 2020.
Nepal has an estimated technically feasible hydro potential of 367,920 GWh, whereof not even 1% are tapped.
Pakistan has an astounding annual hydropower potential of about 200,000 GWh, which is only explored by about 16%.
First vertical generator test set-up completed