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Minister reiterates no more power shortage during the dry season

Chhut Bunthoeun / Khmer Times Share:
Transmission towers in Phnom Penh. Ministry of Mines and Energy’s Victor Jona says the government will build a high-voltage transmission system to carry the energy from the border with Laos to Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has reiterated there will be no more power shortages during the dry season this year.

Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem insisted people and businesses will no longer face any electricity shortages between November and April.

There were power cuts last year and potential investors are insisting on the government making sure the power supply in the country is reliable.

During last year’s dry season, the country faced an electricity shortage of 400 megawatts, because a water shortage limited the amount of electricity produced by hydropower dams. The government also claimed that the rise of investment in the construction sector didn’t help.

Suy also claimed all villages nationwide will be able to access different sources of electricity this year.

Power supply rose by 28 percent in 2019 to 3,382 megaWatts (mW), with the main operating power source for the Kingdom being seven hydropower dams that generated a total of 1,328 mW of energy, accounting for 33.5 percent of the nation’s total power supply.

Last week, a combined 400 mW supply of power plants proposed to run on heavy fuel oil in Kandal province’s Lvea Em district will not generate power as planned in the first part of this year because construction has been suspended by COVID-19.

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