A year from now, there shall be light. Twenty-four hours a day if you want it.
So say officials at Electricite du Cambodge. Phnom
Penh will have an adequate electricity supply, with six new power plants
scheduled to come on line to replace the city's old and decrepit
It will take longer to replace all of the distribution
systems, but the officials say that in three years, the overhead wires, wooden
poles, and distribution shacks run by "wholesalers" will be replaced by modern
High voltage cables are being buried and the new power
stations are gradually taking shape in several quarters of the city.
total the new projects underway will provide about 70 megawatts of electricity.
Currently the city generators are only producing about 20 megawatts.
- Two 5-megawatt stations. The first was completed last month, the second due
on line next March. The project is funded by Japanese aid at a cost of $20
- An 18 megawatt station. The foundation is being built and the station is
scheduled to be in operation by about December. The project is funded by the
Asian Development Bank at a cost of $18 million.
- A 10 megawatt station. Work is about to begin on this project funded by the
World Bank at a cost of $8 million. It is due on line next February.
- A 35 megawatt station. The foundation is being poured for this project,
located adjacent to the city's largest power plant on Norodom Blvd. It is being
undertaken by an independent power provider, IPP of Malaysia, which will sell
power to EdC. The plant should be in operation next June. Cost: $40
- Two distribution projects are getting started. One is a $30 million loan
project of the Asian Development Bank to rebuild distribution in Phnom Penh,
Siem Riep and Sihanoukville.
The other distribution project is in Phnom Penh and is funded by the World
Bank. Cost: $40 million.
All of the projects, which involve contractors
from several countries, are overseen and coordinated by the UNDP-World Bank
Power Assistance Program.