Local conglomerate Anco Group has announced a 20 million investment to build two water treatment plants in Kampot which will be able to process a combined 10,000 cubic metres of water per day.
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The investment plans were announced during the annual meeting of Kampot’s provincial government on Tuesday, which was attended by Cham Prasidh, the Minister of Industry and Handicrafts.
One of the announced plants will be built in the former site of Koh Kae Airport, in Kampot city’s Andong Khmer commune. It will use water from Kamchay hydropower dam.
The second will be located in Kon Sat commune in Teouk Chhou district.
During the meeting, Minister Prasidh confirmed the project has been greenlighted by the ministry.
According to the minister, Anco Group has begun clearing the land and purchasing construction equipment.
Mr Prasidh said the ministry prioritises projects led by local investors as they are more likely to generate wealth that stays in the country.
He said the company may be given certain incentives, including import duty exemptions for construction equipment.
Kampot province now has two water treatment plants that together can produce more than 13,000 cubic metres of water per day. However, due to a lack of infrastructure, the water cannot be widely distributed.