Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the Kingdom’s hydropower stations can now produce 600 out of 1,400 megawatts required to power the country due to rain during the past few days.
Mr Hun Sen made the statement during an anniversary event commemorating World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in Phnom Penh.
He said Cambodia has been experiencing a shortage of water, making it difficult to produce energy. But, rain in the past few days has allowed for the production of 600 megawatts of electricity.
“This morning, I received a report from Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem. It’s the first time in months that our hydropower stations were able to produce 600 megawatts out of the needed 1,400,” Mr Hun Sen said. “Last week, we could only produce up to 400 megawatts of electricity.”
He added that he expects rain to continue to fall in the upcoming weeks.
“Lim Kean Hor, Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology, predicted that the rainy season could arrive earlier,” Mr Hun Sen said. “He said it could come as early as the third week of this month, but rain came during the second week.”
However, he noted that the authorities should pay attention to storms and disseminate information on how people can avoid natural disasters.
The dry season in the Kingdom starts from November until April, and the rainy season begins from May until October.
In February, Mr Hun Sen called on government officials to reduce the usage of electricity due to a shortage of water to power turbines at dams.
According to a recent report by the Mines and Energy Ministry, the country’s power supply will reach 2,870 megawatts this year.
It said 2,428 megawatts will be locally produced, while the rest will be imported from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.