BMI View: The major players in Asian power supply are clamouring to invest in Cambodia, with the resultthat huge capacity expansion can be expected from around 2015, as hydro-, gas- and coal-based schemesare introduced. This should leave the country with plentiful spare generation. Neighbouring Vietnam, whichwill finance a number of power projects, plans to make good use of Cambodia's potential export capability,as does Thailand if a major coal-fired scheme comes to fruition.
Hydropower expansion is already under way in Cambodia, and there is a long queue of potential projectswith strong regional backing. Several are set to proceed, with a surge in hydro-based supply due fromaround 2016. Domestic gas resources could contribute additional capacity, while the use of renewables isset to rise rapidly from a low base. New coal-fired stations are also in the planning stage, with Cambodiaopen to the long-term possibility of nuclear energy.