PHNOM PENH, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen cancelled on Friday a plan to lease a Turkey's power ship due to technical issues and high cost, government spokesman Phay Siphan said.
The prime minister announced the cancellation during a weekly cabinet meeting, he said.
The spokesman said the cancellation was made because the 200-megawatt power ship could not reach Cambodia in early May when the country is in need of electricity due to high temperatures in dry season.
"The ship is not able to deliver electricity to us on time when we are overcoming the power shortage," he told Xinhua. "Other reasons include disagreements in price and some conditions in the contract."
Hun Sen revealed his plan to lease the Turkish power ship last month after the country lacked about 400-megawatt power during the ongoing dry season as hydropower plants could not produce electricity in full swing.
He said power shortage will last until June when the rainy season comes.
Siphan said the country has been seeking to purchase more electricity from Vietnam, Laos and Thailand to fill the current shortage.