Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Coal-fired facility in Preah Sihanouk gets government nod

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.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM imposes nationwide Covid restrictions, curfew over Delta scare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28 instructed the municipal and provincial authorities nationwide to strictly enforce Covid-19 measures including curfew for two weeks from July 29 midnight through August 12 to stem the new coronavirus Delta variant. The instruction came shortly after he issued a directive

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Provinces on Thai borders put in lockdown amid Delta fears

    The government has decided to place several border provinces in lockdown for two weeks in a bid to prevent the new coronavirus Delta variant spreading further into community. According a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28, the provinces include Koh Kong,

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four

  • US' Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines arrive

    The first batch of 455,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine donated by the US touched down in Phnom Penh on the morning of July 30. They are part of the total 1,060,100 doses the US has pledged to provide to Cambodia through the World Health Organisation-led (

  • Governor: Covid subsides in capital

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng said the Covid-19 situation in the capital’s 14 districts has eased, with only two districts still recording a high number of infections. “Transmission cases in all districts are dropping, though they are relatively higher Meanchey and Por Sen Chey.