MAN Energy and Chinese state-owned energy company China National Machinery Corporation (CHMC) have commissioned a 200 MW power plant in Cambodia. The two energy companies have handed over the Phnom Penh power plant to Cambodian utility Electricité du Cambodge (EDC). The power plant comprises eleven MAN 18V51/60DF engines.
CHMC was responsible for EPC at the plant, while MAN Energy Solutions supplied and commissioned the eleven engines and related plant auxiliaries.
The power plant will initially operate using heavy fuel oil. However, it can also be powered by lower emission natural gas in the future.
Martin Höhler, Head of Power, Asia Pacific Region at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The plant is located directly on the banks of the Mekong River in the Lvea Aem district in Kandal Province, with the potential to add an LNG terminal at a later date. Our engines are designed for natural gas and can switch seamlessly from one fuel type to another during operation.”
The development and commissioning of the project follows Cambodia suffering heavy energy shortages in the dry seasons due to failure by the country’s hydropower plants to operate at full capacity. This pushed the Cambodian Government to launch an emergency programme in 2019 aimed at stabilising energy supply through flexible generation capacity.
MAN PrimeServ has been awarded a five-year service contract for maintenance of the project. MAN Energy will also supply OEM spare parts, special services, and digital services for the power plant.