Electricity imports from Vietnam are set to commence next month,
which officials say will reduce the number of blackouts in Phnom Penh.
"The city will no longer have block-by-block power cuts as of next
month when the 200 MW line from Vietnam to Phnom Penh is scheduled to
come into use," said a senior Electricite de Cambodge (EdC) official
who asked not to be named. "It will double the electrical supply
capacity and around 200,000 families in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong
Speu and Takeo will be able to access the power." He said that EdC is
currently capable of supplying 190 MW of electricity to 280,000
families in Phnom Penh and Kandal. Demand for electricity in Phnom Penh
has far outstripped supply, and city officials resort to blackouts to
make up for the shortfall.