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US, Japan firms sign milestone energy deals

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William A. Heidt, US Ambassador to Cambodia, middle, with representatives from General Electric, TPSC and Electric Du Cambodge. KT/Mai Vireak

Agreements were signed yesterday for the supply of key components for Cambodia Energy II’s coal-fired power plant in Stung Hav, Sihanoukville province.
General Electric will supply the boiler, electrostatic precipitator and steam turbine generator for the CEL2 plant. The US multinational will also provide a system to run digital emissions monitoring and analysis.
TPSC, a subsidiary of Japanese electronics giant Toshiba, will  lead the engineering, procurement and construction at the 135-megawatt CEL2 plant, working with its subsidiaries in Malaysia and Thailand.
The facility is expected to begin commercial operations in late 2019.
Memorandums of understanding on the project were signed yesterday at the US embassy in Phnom Penh by the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy, GE and TPSC.
GE’s Asean president and CEO Wouter Van Wersch said the company wanted to contribute to the country’s growth.
He said he would work hand in hand with the government, private sector and GE’s partners to help shape Cambodia’s energy market and produce more affordable, clean and reliable power for homes and businesses nationwide.
Mr. Van Wersch said the CEL2 plant would be a milestone for GE and the Cambodian people.
“The new plant will help reduce Cambodian dependence on electricity generated by hydropower,” he said.
“We are excited to be involved in rebalancing the energy sector and making it a key pillar for the long-term sustainable growth of the country.”
Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Hidehisa Horinouchi said access to electricity is vital to boost economic growth, industrial development and the improvement of living standards.
Toshiba is very experienced but building a coal-fired power plant in a new country is still not an easy task, he said. “With strong government support the project will be a success,” Mr. Hidehisa said.   
William A. Heidt, US Ambassador to Cambodia, welcomed the deals, saying the plant will utilize the most cutting-edge technology, making it the cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power plant in the country.
Electric Du Cambodge general director Keo Rattanak, said the country is now using about 2,000 megawatts of power annually. Electricity imported from Laos, Thailand and Vietnam accounts for less than 20 percent of that figure.
“We will go online with a 400MW hydropower dam at Lower Se San II in early 2018, and this 135MW CEL2 plant will open in 2019. We expect that we will have enough of our own electricity by 2020,” Mr. Rattanak said.
To further support Cambodia’s energy development, GE also signed an MoU with the Energy Ministry to supply a Continuous Emission Monitoring System to track and analyze pollutant emissions in all power plants across the country. The system is intended to help reduce C02 emissions by 3 million tons by 2035.
By 2020, cities in all 25 provinces will be fully connected with electricity, while all 14,168 villages across the country will have sufficient power by 2030, according to Victor Jona, director-general at the Energy Ministry.
By the end of last year, the government had expanded electricity to 10,589 villages nationwide, or about 75 percent. A total of 1.9 million households were also connected, or 58 percent.
Cambodia currently generates 200MW of its energy though oil-powered electricity plants, 500MW through coal-fired plants and 928MW through hydropower plants.

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