27 May 2013

Cambodian Power Prices Highest in ASEAN

Power Cuts to be of the past in Phnom Penh?
The director-general of Electricite du Cambodge claims that power cuts in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Kampong Speu, will be a thing of the past once the coal-fired power plant in Sihanoukville starts producing next month.

Cambodian consumers, however, have been told not to expect significant price decreases to come with the extra supply.

So, while a continuity of supply will make Cambodia more attractive to investors, the country’s astronomical power prices will continue to deter some.

In fact, Cambodia has the highest power prices in ASEAN. Consumers here pay between 11.71 and 14.63 cents per-unit. This compares most unfavorably with the Thai who pay between 8.67 and 9.43 cents, and the Lao who pay between 6.23 and 7.34 cents. 

And it’s astronomical when compared with the Vietnamese who pay as little as 2.3 cents and a maximum of just 8.32 cents a unit.

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