Firm Ordered To Get Partner

The government has given a British investment company until the end of the month to find a partner for its power-plant project in Battam­bang town—or face the possibility of its contract being terminated, officials said Tues­day.

The move, said Industry Min­ister Pou Sothirak, comes after months of delays by Anglo Cam­bodia Holdings, which is contracted to build a new power station and transmission system for the town, Cambodia’s second-largest.

According to ministry and Battambang provincial officials, little work has been done on the project since the fighting last July.

“We know they’ve been trying to find a partner for finances,” Pou Sothirak said Tuesday. “We have been quite patient. We need a yes or no.”

Anglo Cambodia Holdings, which signed the 20-year contract in early 1997, declined comment Tuesday.

The company also runs a jute factory in Battambang.

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