Two coal-fired power plant development projects approved in Cambodia

A protester holds a bucket of coal during a demonstration demanding that Japan stop supporting coal at home and overseas, at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28. Photo: REUTERS/Jorge Silva. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

PHNOM PENH, Feb 7, 2020, The Khmer Times. A 700MW coal-fired power plant, a joint venture between Royal Group and Sinosteel Equipment and Engineering Co., Ltd., located in Botum Sakor district, Koh Kong province has been approved by the cabinet today. It is planned to generate power in 2024, The Khmer Times reported.

The cabinet ministers have today approved two coal-fired power plant development projects, increasing capacity by 965 megawatts (MW), said government spokesman Phay Siphan.

According to him, the approval was made in the plenary cabinet meeting held on Friday morning chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Mr Siphan said another project approved is a 265MW coal-fired power plant of Han Seng Coal Mines Co., Ltd. located in Trapaing Prasat district, Oddar Meanchey province, adding that the plant is scheduled to generate power in 2022.
Mr Siphan said the cabinet ministers also approved a 230 kilovolt-transmission line, linking the coal-fired power plant in Oddar Meanchey province to a sub-power station in Siem Reap province.

Currently, Cambodia has two coal-fired power plants – CEL I and CIIDG Erdos Hongjun Electric Power, located in Stung Hav district, Preah Sihanouk province. They generate a total energy of 505MW.

In December last year, a 700MW coal-fired power plant in Stung Hav started construction and the power generation is scheduled in 2020.

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