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Vietnam ups power supplies to Cambodia

Apr 22, 2009 - Asia Pulse Data Source

Cambodias capital city, Phnom Penh, will receive additional electricity from Vietnam later this month or by early May, helping to ease the citys shortage of power for both industrial and domestic use, said Deputy Director of the Electricity of Cambodia (EdC) Chan Sodavath.

According to him, work on a transmission line connecting Vietnams An Giang province via Takeo province to Phnom Penh has been completed and once it becomes operational in late April or by early next month, the new line is expected to double the amount of electricity that Phnom Penh can now access.

Cambodia signed an agreement to buy electricity from Vietnam in early 2008, under which Vietnam will provide 200 MW of electricity for the Cambodian capital.

At present, the total electricity output in Phnom Penh is only 190MW, mainly from thermal power plants.

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