Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kirirom hydro-dam in action by 1996

Kirirom hydro-dam in action by 1996

T HE Kirirom hydroelectric dam is finally going to be rebuilt after being out of action for 24 years.

The dam was completed in February 1968 with technical and financial assistance from Yugoslavia but the electrical generating equipment and other installations were damaged by acts of sabotage and war in November 1970.

This time the Austrian and Swedish governments have pledged up to $22.5 million, with the first $1 million being spent on assessing the work that needs to be carried out to revive the dam, which lies 100 km southwest of Phnom Penh off Route 4.

Oug Thong Seng, who heads the Kirirom project in the Industry Ministry's Department of Energy, spoke to the Post: "Austrian and Swedish governments will give more than $10 million each for the rebuilding work. The Austrians will take charge of the power plant as the Swedes will have the responsibility over the transmission lines," he said.

"This project will give Cambodia two units of roughly 5.5 MegaWatts (MW) each by the end of 1996."

Phnom Penh has a need for roughly 60 MW of power and its obsolete power generating plants are unable to supply enough to meet demands, causing frequent blackouts around the city.

Seng went on: "An Austrian company, Danube Hydro Austria, has already delivered for $1 million an appraisal report to the Cambodian government in July 1994 to determine the costs.

"The schedule has been approved by both Western governments and the authorities of Cambodia. Finally the rehabilitation of Kirirom which was given priority by the Mekong Secretariat in January 1992 is going to be done.

"As for the security, both Western governments with the help of Cambodia have already spent $64,000 demining of the area.

"Moreover the work, which will start in February 1995 with the repairs of the access roads, will be looked after by a special force. Two hundred to three hundred government soldiers will guarantee the security of the workers."

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields. Established in September 2015, SM Waypoint now has seven drone pilots, two sales staff and two accountants. Though the company focuses mainly on agricultural projects, the potential uses of the drones are extremely varied, going from measuring exact land height for building drainage systems to finding the most suitable location for special economic zones (SEZs) or factories.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Phnom Penh's Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all, from Kep crab to a new shrimp dish created by the market's owners.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern