PHNOM PENH, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The construction of two small hydroelectric power stations has began in Cambodia's Mondulkiri province in a bid to encourage the diversification and enlargement of local businesses, local media reported Wednesday.
Presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony, Suy Sem, Cambodian Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy, said that the two rural electrification projects, built with more than 9 million U.S. dollars with Japanese funding, will help provincial residents to expand their businesses, reported the Koh Santepheap newspaper.
An unidentified deputy provincial governor said that the two hydroelectricity stations are being constructed in Saen Monorom district, some 500 km northeast of Phnom Penh.
One capable of supplying 175 kilowatts will be built in O Romleng, three km from the provincial town, and another with same capacity built in O Romeoul, eight km from the provincial town, he said.
Three Japanese companies, including J Power, Konoike and NipponKoei, will take charge of the construction, he said, adding that a300 kilowatt generator has also been installed to supply power to the province during the dry season.
Suy Sem said that under the national policy of rural electrification, all villagers have access to electricity by 2020 and at least 70 percent of Cambodia's families access to electricity by 2030, the Koh Santepheap newspaper said.