Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Two power plants get ministers council OK

Two power plants get ministers council OK

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A worker carries empty concrete bags past the Kamchay hydropower dam in Kampot province the day it came online in 2011. Pha Lina

Two power plants get ministers council OK

The Cambodian government on Friday approved two power plant projects worth more than $1.3 billion in total in what authorities said was an effort to reduce the Kingdom’s dependence on imports.

The Council of Ministers approved construction of two power projects, the first, a $1.29 billion, 700-megawatt coal-fired plant in Preah Sihanouk province, and the second, a $58 million, 60-megawatt solar-panel plant in Kampong Speu province.

The two projects are under a build-operate-own concession (BOO) of 35 and 20 years respectively, said the Council of Ministers. However, their statement did not provide details of the projects, including the developers.

Yun Min, the provincial governor of Preah Sihanouk, declined to provide details, saying only that the project is new and located in Stung Hav district.

There are currently two other coal-fired plants in Stung Hav, including Cambodia’s first, opened in 2014 by Malaysian-owned Leader Universal Holdings at a cost of $195 million.

The Phnom Penh Post previously reported that Royal Group, Cambodia’s biggest conglomerate, owned by tycoon Kith Meng, is also seeking to develop a coal-fired power plant in the province.

Kampong Speu Provincial Governor Vy Samnang confirmed on Sunday that the solar-power plant will be built on 200 hectares adjacent to Nation Road 51 in Oudong district.

While declining to name those involved in the project, he said it would be the first solar-power project in the province and that its investor is foreign.

“We hope our people will have enough electric power when the project comes online. It will help to lower electricity prices and attract more factories to Kampong Speu,” he said.

The government had repeatedly said that the development of solar power is strongly encouraged.

Quoting a recent government report, Samnang said with the existing infrastructure, more than 81 percent of villages across the country can now access electric power.

The government’s goal is for all villages in Cambodia to have electricity access by 2020, and for at least 90 percent of households nationwide to be connected to the grid by 2030.

Additional reporting by Hin Pisei

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Courts’ decisions now published as reference source

    The Ministry of Justice has published 44 verdicts from civil litigation cases which can be used as models for court precedents and for study by the public and those who work in pertinent fields. Publication of the verdicts on December 31 came as the result of joint

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Quarantine site in north Phnom Penh inaugurated

    A four-building quarantine centre in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district was formally inaugurated on January 6. The centre can house up to 500 people, according to Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng. At the inauguration ceremony, Sreng said the municipal hall had cooperated with the Ministry

  • China firm to develop Mondulkiri airport

    Tourism to the Kingdom’s northeast corridor could experience a remarkable metamorphosis after the government decided in principle of a Chinese company to study and develop a proposal to build a regional-level airport in Mondulkiri province, according to industry insiders. The Council of Ministers said