Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hydrodam, solar power stations are approved

Hydrodam, solar power stations are approved

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Electrcite du Cambodge officials repair electrical wires in Phnom Penh, last month. Heng Chivoan

Hydrodam, solar power stations are approved

The government last week approved the construction of a hydroelectric dam and supplemental solar power stations with a total electrical capacity of 220MW, as the Kingdom continues battling a national electricity shortage.

According to Prime Minister Hun Sen, Cambodia is currently facing a 400MW power shortage as a consequence of a particularly rainless dry season, which began in March and is set to end in May.

According to an announcement following a cabinet plenary meeting on Friday, the government has approved an SPHP (Cambodia) Co Ltd investment project to build a hydroelectric station along Pursat river in Veal Veng district’s Pramuoy commune in Pursat province.

The project will be built under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) framework, with $231.10 million invested in a 39-year concession term. The 80MW megawatt project will be launched in 2023.

On April 4, Schnei Tec Co Ltd, which has pumped 20MW of solar energy into the national network out of a total 60MW produced at its Kampong Speu province station, received government approval for an investment project to build two more solar-power stations.

One will be in Pursat province with a 60MW capacity and another in Kampong Chhnang province, also with a 60 MW capacity. The project will be built under a build-owned-operate (BOO) framework with more than $116 million invested in a 20-year concession term.

Moreover, the government has also allowed the company to boost its Kampong Speu province station’s capacity by 20MW.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan on Sunday said energy investment expansion could be a turning point for Cambodia as it moves towards strengthening energy security in response to rapidly increasing energy consumption.

“We are preparing the expansion ourselves to ensure our own energy security, without relying entirely on energy from neighbouring countries,” he said.

Hun Sen on Friday announced the termination of the Kingdom’s power ship deal with Turkey, saying that negotiations did not match the Kingdom’s terms and that the Turkish power ship would not arrive in time.

Meanwhile, the government has approved a draft of the Law on Oil and Petroleum Products Management, which is designed to promote the development of a sustainable and effective oil and gas sector to contribute to the Kingdom’s economic development.

The first oil extraction in Cambodian history is set to take place later this year.

MOST VIEWED

  • Draft law on state of emergency pending finalisation

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a top-level meeting on Tuesdays to review the draft law on imposing a state of emergency. Meantime, he has decided to close all casinos in Cambodia effective April 1. In the press conference after the National Assembly met today, Hun

  • Stranded passengers petition UK for help

    Some 10,521 foreigners in Cambodia, the bulk being from the UK, have signed an online petition calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and relevant officials to fly them out of the Kingdom. The petition is targeted at 15,000 foreigners. Among them are nearly 200 Europeans, the majority

  • Covid-19 Pandemic: Force majeure and legal consequences

    Is the Covid-19 pandemic considered an event of force majeure? The World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak a pandemic on March 11. Following this declaration, the Ministry of Health and other ministries have taken various legal and administrative measures to prevent the rapid

  • PM set to mend ties with US

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has responded to US Congressman Ted Yoho, saying he is ready to improve Cambodia-US relations, and not take up issues of disagreements which have become a barrier between the two countries’ bilateral cooperation. His response to Yoho came after the congressman

  • Mysterious century-old structure found at bottom of Angkor pond

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has discovered a mysterious 1,000-year-old structure of a wooden building at the bottom of a pond after the Angkor Wat temple’s conservation team completed restoring its northern cave. The deputy director at ANA’s Angkor International Research and Documentation

  • China sends more test kits

    The Ministry of Health has ramped up its preparation to stem the spread of the deadly Covid-19 disease in the Kingdom thanks to help from the Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations which donated 20,000 test kits to the Kingdom. On March 28, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang