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Kingdom to import 200MW from Lao hydropower plant

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Tests were run early last month on the first of four electricity generators at the Don Sahong hydropower plant on the Mekong River in Laos’ Champasak province, after construction began in January 2016. VIENTIANE TIMES

Kingdom to import 200MW from Lao hydropower plant

Cambodia plans to import 200MW of electricity from Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower plant early next year to curb power shortages this coming dry season, with the transmission line network scheduled for completion later this year, Ministry of Mines and Energy spokesman Victor Jona said.

Jona, the director-general of the ministry’s General Department of Energy, said the transmission line connecting Cambodia’s electricity grid the some 50km from the Stung Treng substation to the Lao border is currently more than 90 per cent complete.

“It is almost ready. We are still clearing forest along the [transmission line] right-of-way and setting up pylons. The working groups from both countries have already equipped the wiring and the circuit breakers. As planned, both parties will complete the network in December,” Jona said.

Cambodia and Laos signed a purchase agreement for the 200MW in June, he added.

“We have to provide as much power as we can from various sources to meet the needs of the people and industry,” he said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on November 7 said Cambodia would face power shortages again in the coming dry season due to unprecedented low water levels in the Mekong River leading to hydropower generation not meeting local demand.

To address the shortages, the government plans negotiations with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) later this month or early next month to purchase an additional 300MW.

In September, the government approved the exclusive purchase of 2,400MW from two coal-fired power plants in Laos – TSBP Sekong Power and Mineral Company Limited, which is set to produce 600MW of electricity, and Xekong Thermal Power Plant Company Limited, which will produce 1,800MW.

Last year, Cambodia consumed 2,650MW of electricity, a 15 per cent increase compared to 2017. Of that amount, 442MW was imported from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. The rest was produced in Cambodia from coal-fired plants, hydropower dams and solar farms.

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