Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Power for everyone... soon(ish)

Power for everyone... soon(ish)

Power for everyone... soon(ish)

A year from now, there shall be light. Twenty-four hours a day if you want it.

Without interruption.

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

generators.

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

bundled cable.

High voltage cables are being buried and the new power

stations are gradually taking shape in several quarters of the city.

In

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

    million.

  • 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

    million.

  • 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.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Angkor Beer, 30 Years of Prestige and Still Counting

    Let’s celebrate 30 years of prestige with Angkor Beer. In this 2022, Angkor Beer is 30 years old and has been staying with Cambodian hearts in all circumstances. Head of core beer portfolio, EmYuthousaid, “We have been with Cambodians for three decades now. We, ANGKOR Beer, pride

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,