Pursat (FN), March 20 – In response to Cambodia’s temporary electricity crisis during dry season, Electricite du Cambodge Director-General Keo Rattanak will lead a delegation to visit Turkey and bring back the 200MW electric generating ship, according to Cambodian Prime Minister on Wednesday.
“It is a bit expensive for that solution [200MW electric generating ship], yet it does not impact the electricity fee of our people,” Prime Minister Hun Se reassured tens of thousands of workers.
According to the Premier, the electricity shortages Cambodia faces resulted from the booming of construction sector, the increase of 700% in 2019 compared to last year. Cities in the capital Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville used to require only 20MW, now 100MW is not enough for those cities.
EDC technical official said the hot weather has reduced water level in reservoirs that impacted hydroelectric dams.
Electricité du Cambodge issued a statement on Monday saying it has reduced the supply of electricity in the Kingdom during the day in order to ensure supply at night due to limited energy productivity.
“As of today, we lack up to 400MW in available electricity. I would like to call on those who have generators to temporarily use them,” the Premier urged during chairing the 5th River Festival in Kompong Thom late Saturday.
“Climate change does not only affect Cambodia, but the whole region. Water and electricity are complementary; I urge for effective uses of water, as we will experience long dry season which lasts until June,” he added.
Prime Minister also urged Electricite du Cambodge to consider modern energy, changing energy source from coals to gas.