Electricité du Cambodge has awarded a $5 million contract for the design and construction of a National Control Centre and Energy Management System to Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin.

The construction of the new control centre is part of the country’s Rural Electrification and Transmission project, which aims to improve Cambodia’s electrification rate and boost economic growth.

SNC-Lavalin will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the complete system, including the control centre building, system software, hardware and system integration with the telecommunication networks and remote metering equipment. It will operate Cambodia’s entire electric transmission network, says SNC-Lavalin.

“This project is important for the growth of the country, especially as it adapts to modern automation and smart grid technology to secure its electricity supply,” said Joe Salim, Vice-President and General Manager of SNC-Lavalin’s Power Systems Division.

Work on the project has begun and the control centre is expected to be operational by June 2011.