Agreement for New Coal Power Plant in Preah Sihanouk Province Underway

An inter-ministerial committee is working on an agreement to establish a 270-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Preah Sinanouk province to particularly ensure sufficient future electricity supply for fast-growing demand in Phnom Penh capital.

Minister of Mines and Energy H.E. Suy Sem shared the progress when presiding over the opening of recent Electricity Authority of Cambodia’s annual work review and planning here in Phnom Penh.

The new coal power plant project, added H.E. Suy Sem, was formulated after a thorough feasibility study by an expert group from Switzerland.

To meet rising power demand in the capital, the Royal Government of Cambodia needs to build at least one 200-megawatt plant between 2019 and 2020.

Initial study for a possibility to run a power plant adjacent to Phnom Penh was proved to be environmentally unfriendly and cost-inefficient, so comes the mentioned option at Preah Sihanouk province.

The inter-ministerial committee tasked for the new project comprises of Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Electricity Authority of Cambodia.

Early this year, the Royal Government of Cambodia will also operate a newly built 135-megrawatt coal power plant at the same province.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press