Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Power generation surges 8% in 2021

Power generation surges 8% in 2021

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia generated more than 9.709 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity on its own in 2021, an increase of 7.86 per cent compared to over 8.614 billion kWh in 2020. Heng Chivoan

Power generation surges 8% in 2021

Cambodia generated more than 9.709 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity on its own in 2021, an increase of 7.86 per cent compared to over 8.614 billion kWh in 2020, Prime Minister Hun Sen said.

“By 2021, the number of households connected to the grid amounted to 3.12 million or 86.43 per cent of 3.61 million households [target for 2021]. It covers about 97.53 per cent of the total 14,168 villages in Cambodia,” Hun Sen added.

During a visit in Krakor district in Pursat province early 2022, Keo Rottanak, director-general of state-owned electricity supplier Electricite du Cambodge (EdC), said the government has been “working hard” to generate electricity that would allow people to obtain electricity at an affordable price.

“Currently, the solar station in Krakor is the largest solar power plant in Cambodia. The prime minister has agreed to continue installing solar power stations in Sna Ansa commune, Krakor, and will expand the production capacity from 90MW to 240MW,” he said.

Ly Ly Food Industry Co Ltd CEO Keo Mom said electricity has played an “important and indispensable” role in the production lines of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME). “Electricity supply has steadily improved, boosting the SME sector.”

However, she commented that electricity in Cambodia is still comparatively expensive to neighbouring countries. Coupled with fuel hikes, production costs have expanded, notwithstanding unstable electricity supply which has impacted production.

“We recognise the efforts by the government to build more hydropower stations to lower electricity tariffs and reduce electricity costs for the state and enterprises. But, we feel that the government can reduce the consumption costs at night.

“Although we can reduce the cost of electricity, labour costs would increase because night shift workers are paid more than day shifts. So it is not possible to offset,” she said.


  • Ministry orders all schools, public and private, to close for SEA Games

    From April 20 to May 18, all public and private educational institutions will be closed to maintain order and support Cambodia's hosting of the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games, said a directive from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Cambodia will host the

  • Almost 9K tourists see equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat

    Nearly 9,000 visitors – including 2,226 international tourists – gathered at Angkor Wat on March 21 to view the spring equinox sunrise, according to a senior official of the Siem Reap provinical tourism department. Ngov Seng Kak, director of the department, said a total of 8,726 people visited Angkor Wat to

  • Angkor Beer strengthens national pride with golden new look and fresher taste

    Angkor Beer – the "Gold of Angkor" – has a new look, one that is more stylish and carries a premium appeal, as well as a fresher taste and smoother flavour, making it the perfect choice for any gathering. Angkor Beer recently launched its new design, one

  • PM urges end to ‘baseless’ international Ream base accusations

    Prime Minister Hun Sen urges an end to “baseless” foreign accusations surrounding the development of the Kingdom’s Ream Naval Base, as the US has consistently suggested that the base is being expanded to accommodate a Chinese military presence. Hun Sen renewed his calls while

  • Khmer ballet documentary debuts April 1

    A new documentary, The Perfect Motion, or Tep Hattha in Khmer, will premiere to the public on April 1. The documentary film follows two intertwined storylines: the creation of a show called Metamorphosis by the late Princess Norodom Buppha Devi (her very last production) and the

  • Water supply authority assures public shortages over early ‘24

    The Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) asked for understanding from Phnom Penh residents in some communes where water pressure is weak. They assured residents that all supply issues will be resolved by early 2024, but have suggested that residents use water sparingly in the meantime.