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No power shortage during dry season: Ministry

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Power lines and concrete poles are seen in a rice field. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Ministry of Mines and Energy said there is no shortage of electricity during this year’s dry season as compared to last year. Even so, the ministry said it would continue to boost electricity access in all households across the country by at least 78 percent this year.

Speaking in a press conference held at the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, Victor Jona, director-general of the General Department of Mines and Energy, said: “We don’t have a shortage in electricity this year. Our hydro-power dams also have about 70 percent water supply. Furthermore, according to the weather forecast of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, we may have earlier rainfalls than last year.”

The government late last year bought two 200-megawatt power generators from Germany and Finland.

The 400-megawatt power generators, said Mr Jona, is being installed at a power plant in Kandal province’s Lvea Em district, with the project being 80-percent complete.

He added as of last year, the development of an electricity distribution network in the Kingdom is around 92-percent complete, covering 13,131 villages. From these, approximately 2,680,000 of 3,570,000 houses have access to electricity – equivalent to more than 74 percent.

“Cambodia has 14,168 villages in total, of which 13,131 villages already have access to electricity. We plan on supplying power to the remaining 1,037 villages we have to connect to the electricity this year,” he said.

Boun Sokhorn, the owner of a laundry shop in Phnom Penh, said yesterday this year’s electricity supply is smoother than last year, making business operations easier.

“During the dry season last year, the electricity was frequently cut off. The power disruption usually lasted for several hours, making it difficult for us to run our business, especially since we have to use washing machines and irons. However, we have seen it [power supply] improve this year,” he said.

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