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Ty Norin of the MME explains the necessity of electric power cuts at Friday’s press conference. Photo: KT/Chea Vannak

Electric power consumption has recently surpassed expectations.  The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has explained that demanding more power than can be supplied has led to a nation-wide power shortage.


Electricité du Cambodge issued a statement on Monday, March 18, stating that it has reduced the supply of electricity in the Kingdom during the day in order to ensure an adequate supply at night – generally known as power cuts.

Ty Norin, secretary of state at the MME, said in a press conference held at the Council of Ministers on Friday, March 22, that the government is searching for alternative power sources to bridge the gap between supply and demand, and is fully aware that the drought is contributory to the diminished power supply. Most of the electricity in the area is generated in hydroelectric plants run with dammed up water, of which there is too little.

A provisional small-scale solution is the use of fuel fired generators where possible.

He went on to say: “We have partnered with developing countries and others to draw up a master plan for developing [electric] power projects.” The conference is aimed at determining the real demand for electricity.

Statistics from the MME show that in 2018 9.3 GWh – that’s 9,300 million kilowatts an hour – were consumed, which averages out to 25.5 MWh (megawatt hours) a day, and this year’s demand for power rose to 31 MWh per day.

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