Plea to Push Further Integration of ASEAN Power Grids

Prime Minister Hun Sen said it is imperative that ASEAN unites to combat globally rising energy prices by pushing the implementation of regionally connected power grids and gas pipelines
Electric poles along a street in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/Siv Channa
Electric poles along a street in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/Siv Channa

In a bid to boost regional power grid connectivity and improve electricity access as energy demand continues to climb, Prime Minister Hun Sen has recommended that the ASEAN Energy Minister consider promoting the implementation of the ASEAN Power Grids (APG) and the Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline (TAGP).

At the 40th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting, Associated Meeting and ASEAN Energy Business Forum 2022 on September 15, the Prime Minister said rising energy demand and oil price instability in international markets have been causing high inflation, while monetary policy tightening by the central banks of many countries puts extra pressures on global demand and economic growth.

“Facing these challenges, ASEAN as well as the whole world, must focus on energy transition, which is a key task in promoting sustainable and resilient socio-economic recovery,” Hun Sen said.

The Prime Minister added that as the ASEAN chair 2022, Cambodia will continue to contribute to the development of new initiatives across the bloc and promote greater participation in all energy transition activities and projects in the most effective way possible.

“Let me recommend for the ASEAN Energy Minister to consider and provide support in promoting the implementation of the APG and TAGP to accelerate remaining important works further,” he said.

“Both technical work and preparation of regulations to move towards harmonizing regulatory framework and technical standards to achieve regional power grid connectivity.”

Cambodia has been cooperating with development partners to study and develop the country’s Power Development Master Plan until 2040, National Policy on Energy Efficiency, Roadmap for Clean Energy Transition Towards Carbon Neutrality, and the Rooftop Solar Energy Development Policy in Cambodia.

In 2021, energy from renewable energy sources, including hydropower, solar and biomass energy, increased to more than 40 percent of total energy in terms of power capacity of Cambodia’s energy sources. The share of renewable energy sources is around 55 percent of total installed power capacity, according to Hun Sen.