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Coal-fired facility in Preah Sihanouk gets government nod

Coal-fired facility in Preah Sihanouk gets government nod

A more than $1.2 billion coal-fired powerplant project will break ground in Preah Sihanouk province early next year, said Ministry of Mines and Energy officials.

The 700-megawatt plant, funded by the Cambodia International Investment Development Group (CIIDG), was approved on May 25 by the Council of Ministers.

It is the CIIDG’s second coal-fired powerplant project in the province, under a 35-year build-operate-own concession.

The ministry’s officials said the plant is set to be completed and online by 2023.

The CIIDG is currently operating a $383 million coal-powered plant which can generate 270 megawatts of electricity.

It is also developing a 135-megawatt plant, which began construction earlier this year and will start operating in 2021.

Ministry director general Victor Jona told The Post on Monday that the two-phase project had already been approved in principle and the company was now looking for a cooperation partner.

“The company has already obtained the necessary government approval, so it could begin construction next year,” he said.

There are two coal-fired power plants operating in Preah Sihanouk province – one by CIIDG and another by Malaysian-owned Leader Universal Holdings with a 100-megawatt capacity.

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