EDC reduces daytime energy supply to offset shortage

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A solar power farm in Kampong Speu province will go online next month to address power shortages in the capital. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Electricité du Cambodge yesterday issued a statement saying that due to power shortages, it has reduced the supply of electricity in the Kingdom during the day in order to ensure supply at night.

In the statement, EDC said it had contacted neighbouring countries in order to provide more electricity. It said that Thailand agreed to supply 80 megawatts, Laos 10 megawatts, while Vietnam refused due to its own energy supply issues in its southern provinces.

“We are still lacking 13 percent of energy,” the statement noted. “Because of this, the EDC has reduced the supply of electricity until the rain season comes.”

“We are alternating locations that receive electricity during the day because people need electricity the most at night,” it added. “We are trying our best to deploy our own generators to supply electricity during the day at industrial areas, hospitals, water facilities, embassies and government institutions.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday renewed a call for the public and government institutions to reduce usage, noting that the Kingdom is currently facing a shortage of 400 megawatts of electricity due to a lack of water to power electric dams.

“I am appealing for understanding from our people because this issue is related to climate change,” Mr Hun Sen said. “Climate change has caused some areas to lack water and electricity.”

“Our big problem is that all hydropower dams use turbines to produce electricity,” he added. “Due to water drying out, we lack about 400 megawatts.”

He said that people should have patience when it comes to shortages of electricity.

A lack of water for hydropower dams has led to the shortage. KT/Chor Sokunthea

“I appeal to our people to have patience during this hard time,” Mr Hun Sen said. “However, this issue will not affect industrial areas.”

“Please reduce the use of electricity and water,” he added. “It is not something we can control. We can solve this by using generators as we had in the past.”

According to the Mines and Energy Ministry, Cambodia produced 2,650 megawatts of electricity last year, of which 1,329 megawatts, or 50 percent, came from hydroelectric dams.

EDC on Friday issued a statement notifying the public that because of the extremely hot weather, the demand for electricity has gone up leading to disruptions in power supply.

EDC said it is scheduling power cuts either in the mornings or afternoons for six hours daily throughout the country.

Meanwhile, a 60-megawatt solar power farm in Kampong Speu province is scheduled to start generating power next month, roughly four months ahead of schedule to aid the Kingdom’s power woes.

Yim Viseth, chairman of the Electricity Authority of Cambodia, yesterday said the 20 megawatts are needed ahead of schedule due to the power shortage.

“We are facing a shortage of power and the EDC has made this a priority issue, so the fact that we can get this project online ahead of schedule is pretty good,” Mr Viseth said.

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