Cabinet approves power projects
The Cabinet of ministers approved on February 17 two electricity development projects in a bid to address the increasing demand for electricity in the kingdom. The two projects will be a 230-kilowatt transit grid development project from the Ta Tei dam in Koh Kong province as well as a coal-fired electricity plant in Preah Sihanouk province, both of which are expected to begin generating electricity by 2019. “Prime Minister Hun Sen is hoping to benefit poor people by providing an opportunity for everyone to have access to cheap electricity nationwide,” Cabinet of Ministers spokesperson Pay Siphan said on Facebook. The transmission line in the Koh Kong province project will be 220 kilometers long in order to be able to connect to Phnom Penh and will cost Alex Cooperation, the investment company heading the project, $136 million.