Residents of Phnom Penh can expect occasional blackouts lasting until early next week as the state-owned Electricite du Cambodge performs maintenance work on its electric grid, company officials said.
The work, which began on Tuesday and will finish on Monday, is expected to cause power cuts between 7:30 am to 4 pm in three districts of the capital: Dangkao, Meanchey and Sen Sok.
According to a public announcement yesterday, certain communes may experience blackouts in the coming days, including today in Dangkao district’s Kakab commune and Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmei commune. On Saturday, a blackout can be expected in parts of Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey commune and Dangkao district’s Prey Sar commune. On Sunday the power will go out in Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey commune and Dangkao district’s Kakab and Choam Chao communes, and on Monday again in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmei commune.
EdC Director Keo Ratanak said the repairs were routine and necessary to keep the grid functioning smoothly and not due to a drop in the amount of supplied energy to the city.
“We postpone supplying electricity to maintain the equipment, which needs to be maintained regularly,” Mr Ratanak said yesterday. “It’s like a car. If we do not maintain it, it would break down along the way.”
An official at the EdC, who declined to be named since he is not a liberty to speak with the media, said the work would also involve the extension of the city’s electric grid to an additional 1,000 customers in the three outlying districts.
“Phnom Penh needs only 260 megawatts [of power], but we have more than 280 megawatts to supply,” he said.
“There is no lack of power, we just extend the supply,” the official continued, adding the EdC counts more than 300,000 customers in Phnom Penh and is growing at a rate of 100,000 new customers each year.