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GE Holding Forum to Highlight Work with Cambodian Government, Local Companies to Address Country's Energy Needs

June 25, 2012

  • GE's Distributed Power Generation and Energy Management Solutions to Play Vital Roles in Supporting Rural Electrification Initiatives
  • Energy Forum Follows GE's 2011 Alternative Energy Development Agreement with MIME
  • Partnership Promoting Cleaner Energy Solutions, Energy Efficiency

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA,---June 25, 2012---GE Energy, in partnership with the Ministry of Industry Mine & Energy (MIME), is hosting an energy forum today at the Himawari Hotel to update government and private sector representatives about the latest alternative energy technologies and services that can help the country address its growing demands for electricity.

The forum is being held as part of GE and MIME's implementation of their 2011 alternative energy development cooperative agreement. The forum will showcase how GE and MIME are working with local companies to upgrade the country's generation and transmission infrastructure, expand the production of cleaner energy and promote industrial and residential energy efficiency. In particular, GE is working with MIME to optimize Cambodia's agricultural strengths by supporting various rural electrification projects.

H.E. Suy Sem, Minister of MIME, will open the forum with the presence of US Ambassador William Todd after introductory remarks by GE's Cambodia Country Representative Dararith Lim and Kenji Uenishi, President of GE Energy---Asia Pacific,

US Ambassador William Todd welcomed the initiative of American companies like GE who are supporting Cambodia's growth. Todd said in his opening remarks, "Cambodia's economy and its energy needs are growing exponentially, and American companies, like GE, can help Cambodia to grow by sharing their deep knowledge and experience on a wide range of energy technologies. "

"Our partnership will focus on the deployment of agricultural waste-to-energy biomass power projects and upgrading the country's grid to support more alternative energy production," said GE's Uenishi, who recently met with business leaders and government officials to discuss the country's pressing energy sector issues.

For example, the country's sizeable agricultural sector produces an abundant supply of rice husks. By converting the rice husk biomass into biogas, the fuel can be used in GE's Waukesha gas engines to generate renewable electricity and support further growth in rural areas. GE Waukesha has been chosen as best fitted gas engine for the integrated biomass gasification power plant package offered by Ankur Scientific Energy Technologies Pvt. Ltd to Cambodia market.

Cambodia also is leveraging GE's global energy management expertise to provide operational and advisory services in extending power transmission throughout the kingdom. For example, Cambodia's rural electrification initiative aims to supply electricity to every village by 2020 and that 70 percent of the country's households are connected to the grid by 2030. Currently, 50 percent of rural villages have access to electricity with demands for power growing at 25 percent a year.

"The government and utility sector's rice husk-biogas initiative will help empower Cambodians in the rural provinces to take greater responsibility of meeting their own energy needs while ensuring a sustainable source of electricity for future generations," GE's Uenishi added.

Cambodia's rice husk-biogas energy initiative illustrates how GE's comprehensive suite of distributed power solutions---ranging in size from 100 kW to 100 MW---are helping customers worldwide to generate more reliable, on-site electricity and heat. The fuel flexibility of GE's distributed energy technologies also promotes greater regional energy and economic security by enabling countries to use more of their own energy resources to meet their domestic needs.

GE launched its presence in Cambodia in July 2007. Since then, GE in Cambodia has been continuously building its network base while developing partnerships with private and public sectors. GE businesses that have started to become active in Cambodia are GE Healthcare, GE Industrial Solutions, and GE Home and Business Solutions.

Since the 1960s, GE also has been operating in six other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries---Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam---as the company looks to the region as a key driver for growth. GE generates $4B in revenues in the ASEAN region each year and has been growing at 20 percent annually. GE employs more than 300,000 people worldwide, including at least 9,500 employees throughout the ASEAN region.

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For more information, contact:
Adeline Teo
GE Energy, Asia Pacific
+65 9727 4500
[email protected]

Ken Darling or Tom Murnane
Masto Public Relations
+1 518 786 6488
[email protected] or [email protected]

Trinh Phuong Lan
[email protected]

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