Phnom Penh (FN), April 4 – The 60MW solar farm in Kompong Speu will produce 20MW during the dry season, Electricite Du Cambodge (EdC) Director-General Keo Rattanak told Fresh News on Thursday.

Director-General said the solar farm could produce higher capacity but it could only supply 20MW due to the rain.

The next 200MW solar farms will be built in Pursat and Kompong Chhnang province, while the USD 12 million solar farm in Svay Rieng province, built in 2017, already fed 10 megawatts (MW) a day into the national grid.

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.

“As of today, we lack up to 400MW supply.” “The kingdom will further seek 50-100 MW electricity supply from neighboring countries such as Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.”

Turkey has agreed to lease a 200MW electric generating ship to Cambodia in response to the shortage of electricity supply in Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke at the 18th Royal Government-Private Sector Forum held 1 April at the Peace Palace.

The ship expects to arrive Cambodia in early May; otherwise, the deal will be canceled, Electricite du Cambodge official told Fresh News.

EDC technical official said the hot weather has reduced water level in reservoirs that affected hydroelectric dams.

“The shortage of the electricity in Cambodia is mainly caused by the lack of rain water that needs to supply nine hydropower stations across the country.”

Cambodia’s dry season starts from November through April while rainy season begins from May through October.

According to the government’s circular, Cambodia will face drought during April and May and that temperature will rise to 40-42 degree Celsius due to El Nino.

In the circular, it stressed that the influence of El Niño will also cause less rainfall, thunderstorms and winds, and late rainy season.