The construction of a combined more-than $400 million power transmission line connecting Cambodia to Laos and the Thai border will start next year, according to an official from the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME). The government through the Council of Ministers approved a 500 kilovolt transmission line investment project from Phnom Penh to the Cambodia-Laos border and 500 kilovolt transmission line from Battambang to the Cambodian-Thai border. Victor Jona, MME’s director-general of the energy department, said that the government has invited SchneiTec Co Ltd to invest in these two projects after offering the company a technical study and environmental assessment. He said the transmission line connecting to the Laos border will be 300 kilometres (km) in length and the one from Battambang province to the Thai border will be about 110 km. Of the more-than $400 million total cost, $300 million will go on the Laos transmission line. “To be timely for 2024, when a Laos-based coal power plant is due for completion, the construction will start from next year,” he said.