Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - National Assembly approves two coal-fired power plants



National Assembly approves two coal-fired power plants

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The government plans for 100 per cent of the Kingdom to have electricity by 2025. National Assembly

National Assembly approves two coal-fired power plants

The National Assembly (NA) unanimously approved draft laws paving the way for the construction of two coal-fired power plants worth $1.665 billion to supply 100 per cent of electricity required in the Kingdom by 2025.

An NA member said at the session that the plants will be located in Koh Kong and Oddar Meanchey provinces.

On Thursday NA president Heng Samrin led an extraordinary session to discuss the three draft laws for electricity investment in Cambodia.

Two of the three draft laws are for the Royal Group to build a 700MW coal-fired power plant in Koh Kong, and Han Seng Coal Mine Co Ltd’s plans to build a 265MW coal-fired power plant in Oddar Meanchey.

The last draft law is Han Seng Coal Mine Co Ltd’s investment to build a 230kV power transmission line connecting the plant in Oddar Meanchey to the sub-station of Eastern Siem Reap.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy’s General Department of Energy director-general Victor Jona said at present 500,000 or seven per cent out of the 3.8 million houses across the Kingdom still had no electricity.

He said the establishment of the two plants aimed to supply electricity to the remaining houses so that they will have electricity by 2024.

“First, we do what it takes to supply electricity across the Kingdom. Second, because electricity is at the heart of development, it will help create more jobs for our people,” Jona said.

He said the plant in Koh Kong calls for a $1.4 billion investment, while the Cambodian-Chinese collaboration will build Oddar Meanchey plant at a cost of $265 million.

The ministry said 13,131 out of 14,168 villages currently had access to electricity, and that by this year, electricity connection will be 100 per cent complete.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American

  • Lost in translation: ‘Starvation’ in capital’s designated red zones

    “DACH bay” is a Khmer slang meaning a “loss of income”, that could also be literally translated to «deprived of rice”, which alludes to starvation. However, civil society organisation (CSO) officials have independently confirmed the government’s prior assertions that there are no cases of