Cambodia electricity authority “in a race” to prevent 2020 cuts

The head of Electricite Du Cambodge (EdC) said yesterday (Aug 8) that the utility is in “a race against time and a race against nature” to get two new generators installed and commissioned ahead of the next dry season if power cuts similar to earlier this year are to be avoided.

EdC director-general Keo Rottanak said that contracts for the two 200 megawatts (MW) power plants ordered last month have a completion period of between 10 and 12 months, “but with construction commencing in the wet season it slows things down”, adding that June or July are more realistic.

The two power plants, one from Germany’s Man Group and the other from Finnish firm Wartsila are expected to provide a buffer against Cambodia’s rapidly growing demand for electricity, which between March and June this year experienced a shortfall in generating capacity of some 400 MW.

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