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Cambodia plans to buy more electricity from Vietnam

Jan 28, 2008 - Xinhua

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday that his country was planning to purchase more electricity from Vietnam to meet its ever rising demand.

"I requested the Vietnamese side to supply Cambodia with more electricity," he told a school opening ceremony in Svay Rieng province neighboring Vietnam.

The proposal was made during his visit with Vietnamese official, he said, without elaborating the detail.

"I told our minister of industry, mine, and energy to hold talk with the Vietnamese side to buy 200 megawatts of electricity per year in the new plan. We used to buy only 80 megawatts a year from Vietnam, but this was far from enough," he said.

Power price remains high in Cambodia. The demand in capital city Phnom Penh annually increased by 25 percent, according to official source.