Cambodia asks Vietnam for “additional 50 megawatts of electricity”

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The Kingdom is currently facing a power shortage. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem yesterday requested the Vietnamese government supply more electricity to help address a current shortage in the Kingdom.

A ministry press release said that Mr Sem yesterday discussed the matter at the ministry with Le Bien Cuong, commercial counsellor at the Vietnamese embassy.

“His Excellency Suy Sem asked the Vietnamese to support Cambodia’s request for an additional 50 megawatts of electricity,” read the statement.

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Vietnam is currently supplying 170 megawatts to help the Kingdom tide over an acute shortage because of low water levels at hydropower dams due to a dry spell.

The ministry said that Mr Sem also urged Vietnam to release water from 14 upstream hydropower dams in the country to the Cambodian Lower Sesan II hydropower dam for it to have sufficient water to produce more electricity.

In response, Mr Le said he will forward Cambodia’s request to the Vietnamese government.

Last month, Prime Minister Hun Sen called for the public and government institutions to reduce usage, noting that the Kingdom is currently facing a shortage of electricity due to a lack of water to power electric turbines at dams.

Meanwhile, the government cancelled the rental contract for a floating 200 megawatt power plant from Turkey due to technical issues.

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The cancellation was announced by the Prime Minister at the cabinet meeting on Friday and came just a week after he signed the agreement with Turkey during the 18th Government Private Sector Forum at the Peace Palace.

Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem
Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem attends a meeting. CEN

Cambodia will also buy 200 megawatts from Laos to feed rising demand for power in the Kingdom. Electricite du Cambodge has signed an agreement to purchase the 200MW from Laos from this year to 2021.

A recent report from the Mines and Energy Ministry shows that the country’s electricity supply will rise by 16.12 percent this year, reaching 2,870 MW.

It said 2,428 MW will be generated from local sources and the rest will be imported from Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.

Phay Siphan, government spokesman, yesterday said that the current electricity shortage has been solved for the provinces of Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Pursat and Kampong Chhnang provinces through the supply of 200 MW from Thailand.

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“We have settled the shortage problem in these provinces because of the supply of electricity from Thailand,” Mr Siphan said.

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