Cambodian PM Reacts Against Some Analyses on Electricity Shortage

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning reacted against some analysts who had made wrong comments on the current electricity shortage in the country.

While presiding over the inauguration ceremony of the Project for the Expansion of Water Supply System in Kampot funded by the Government of Japan’s grant aid held in Sangkat Andong Khmer, Kampot provincial city, Samdech Techo Hun Sen advised those social analysts to be more careful when making comments on electricity shortage.

Don’t be pessimistic about the Royal Government. Those who had said that the current electricity shortage is the Royal Government’s pretext to build more hydropower dams are completely wrong, he underlined.

According to the Cambodian Premier, hydropower dam cannot be built whenever we want by taking as example the proposed Stung Cheay Areng Hydropower Dam Project.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen took the opportunity to reaffirm the Royal Government’s strong commitment to preserve Areng river in Koh Kong province even though it is a potential area for a mega hydropower dam.

The country, especially Phnom Penh, has been facing 400 megawatts of electricity shortage as more than half of the electricity sources are coming from hydropower dams which have not been running smoothly due to drought.

To settle this problem, the Royal Government had negotiated to bring in a 200-megawatt powership from Turkey.

According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Cambodia has currently three main sources of electricity supply, including hydro-power plants of 1,329 megawatts, coal power stations of 538 megawatts, and solar energy of 64.77 megawatts.

Ministry’s record shows that Cambodia consumed a total of 2,650 megawatts of electricity in 2018 � an increase of about 15 percent compared to 2017.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press