A Review of the Economic Analysis of Power Projects in Asia and Identification of Areas of Improvement

Publication | November 1989

Power projects constitute a significant proportion of total investment in the Asian developing countries (ADCs). Electricity is a crucial intermediate input in most activities and with growth accelerating in the ADCs, demand for electricity is likely to increase significantly. Power projects being highly capital intensive, the investment required to meet the growing demand for power and energy will account for a very substantial share of total investment. This investment will have to be carefully planned so that maximum benefits are obtained. The economic analysis of power projects will play an important role in ex-ante investment decision making to ensure the appropriate allocation of scarce investible resources in the ADCs.


  • Introduction
  • Taxonomy and Objectives of Power Projects in Data Set
  • Demand Analysis
  • Least-Cost Analysis
  • Cost Analysis
  • Benefit Analysis
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Issues and Areas of Improvement
  • Time Sequence of Improvements
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: General Principles of Cost-Benefit on Economic Analysis

Additional Details

  • Energy

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