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No power cuts next year: PM

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An EDC technician at an electricity transmission sub-station. KT/ Siv Channa

Prime Minister Hun Sen today announced that the Kingdom will not face a shortage of electricity next year because the government has taken steps to boost power supply.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony on Koh Pich today, Mr Hun Sen said the government learned from this year’s experience and worked out ways to rely less on hydropower plants which require adequate water supply to function.

He noted that this year’s dry season has ended and the Kingdom has been experiencing rain, which has helped to alleviate the power shortage.

However, Mr Hun Sen said that the country still faces a shortage of water supply to run hydropower plants, resulting in unstable electricity supply.

He said that before the dry season the hydropower plants could produce 1,400 megawatts a day, but during the past few months the grid could only supply 100 to 200 megawatts daily.

Mr Hun Sen noted that last night the hydropower plants were able to produce 600 megawatts, but supply was still limited.

“This year’s power shortage was an experience that taught us a lot of lessons and we have to work hard to find ways to avoid a repeat of the problems next year,” he said.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper

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