Cambodia’s Council of Ministers has approved two coal-fired power plant projects and a transmission line worth nearly $1.7 billion. The project is in line with the government’s plan for the development of additional power sources between 2020 and 2030.
Han Seng Coal Mine Co (HSCMC) will invest in a 265MW coal-fired power plant located in Oddar Meanchey province’s Trapaing Prasat district using coal from the area. Royal Group will develop the second plant, which will generate 700MW. It will use imported coal, and be located in Koh Kong province’s Botum Sakor district.
HSCMC also received government approval for the construction of a 230kV power transmission line connecting Trapaing Prasat to the Siem Reap East substation.
The Council of Ministers said that these three projects are necessary to ensure the safety and security of electricity supply in Cambodia between next year and 2024, especially in the dry season when hydropower generation is at its lowest.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said HSCMC’s coal-fired power plant project requires $300 million in capital investment and will be operational by early 2022.
Royal Group’s power plant, which will be jointly developed with China’s Sinosteel Equipment and Engineering, requires $1.34 billion in capital investment, and will be online by 2024.
Siphan said that the development date for the $61.5 million transmission line has not yet been announced.