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French aid revives power unit

French aid revives power unit

Generator Number 11 at the C1 power plant of the Electricity Authority of Cambodia

was recently rehabilitated with support from the French government.

Originally manufactured by the Sulzer Company in France, No.11 was supplied to Cambodia

in 1996. Through a lack of spare parts, the generator was operating at only a fraction

of its full capacity,

As a result of financial protocols signed between the Supreme National Council of

Cambodia and the French Government in 1991 and 1992, aid in the form of spare parts

and an engineer, Jean Kerbellee from Sulzer were provided by the French to repair

the machine.

The C1 Power Plant has two brands of generators -Sulzer models and ones made by the

Worthington company of the United States. Spare parts for the Worthingtons are no

longer available.

Number 11 came back on line on May 19 and will supply at least 2 megawatts of power.

The rehabilitation of No. 11 is just one component of assistance being provided under

the protocols. French aid totaling U.S.$ 15 million is being disbursed to support

projects in water supply, electricity, health, civil aviation, and railways.

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