The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Australia are expanding access to economical and reliable energy for rural Cambodian households.

A grant agreement for the “Rural Energy” project was signed on December 5 between representatives from the Cambodian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the ADB, and the Australian Embassy in Cambodia.

The 10.9 million USD project, which will be implemented between 2013 and 2015, aims to help poor households in the country gain access to affordable energy and address urgent rural power demands that are fundamental to poverty reduction and enhancing rural livelihoods and well-being.

A 6.1 million Australian Aid grant will finance the construction of 220 km of medim-voltage and 400 km of low voltage electricity lines in Svay Rieng province, where less than 20 percent of the houses are connected to continuous energy.

The project will connect an additional 8,000 households in this province to the grid.

It will promote the use of up to 90,000 improved cookstoves with higher efficiency in rural areas of Kampong Cham province.-VNA