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Nearly 50 pct of Cambodian households have access to electricity as of 2013

Feb 10, 2014 - Xinhua -

The electricity supply in Cambodia has covered about 2.26 million houses or nearly 50 percent of the whole population as of last year, Ty Norin, chairman of the Electricity Authority of Cambodia, said Monday.

The country has a population of about 14.8 million.

He said the nationwide power supply available in 2013 was 1,370 megawatts, up 67 percent from 822 megawatts in 2012.

"It is the first time in the last three decades that the supply of electricity has met the demand nationwide," he said during an annual electricity conference.

Electricity has been both produced locally and imported from neighboring Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

China is the largest investor in electricity and electric transmission grids in Cambodia. According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Chinese companies have invested over 1.6 billion U.S. dollars to construct six hydroelectric dams with the total capacity of 928 megawatts in Cambodia.

To date, four of the six dams have come into operations and the remaining two dams are expected to be completed of its the construction next year.

The Cambodian government projected that all the villages in the country would have electricity by 2020, and at least 70 percent of the households will have access to electricity by 2030. Endi