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Chinese construction rush aggravates Cambodia's electricity shortage

Hun Sen threatens energy denial to critics of heavy hydropower dependency

Amid chronic blackouts, the Cambodian People's Party government is getting poor marks for energy planning.    © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- Regular power blackouts are plaguing Cambodia where the national grid is starved by drought-stricken hydropower plants and stressed by booming demand from heavy Chinese investment in the construction sector.

Power shortages have caused weeks of scheduled cuts, stifling businesses, frustrating residents, and sending the price of generators skyward.

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