Nation’s first wind energy project on the table

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Blue Circle’s project in Kampot could become the first wind farm in the Kingdom. AFP

Singapore-based The Blue Circle Pte Ltd will hold talks with the government this month to discuss plans to build a wind park in Kampot province, according to a high-ranking energy official.

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The Blue Circle, who has recently completed feasibility studies on projects in Kampot and Mondulkiri, is scheduled to meet with government representatives on Nov 19 to discuss the tariff at which it will supply power to the national grid, said Victor Jona, director-general of energy at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

The company, who has operations in multiple countries in Southeast Asia, plans to build at least 10 turbines in Kampot’s Bokor Mountain. The project will be able to produce 80 megawatts.

“The company sees potential for wind power generation in Bokor Mountain and wants to invest in a facility that will be able to produce 80 MW,” Mr Jona told Khmer Times, noting that The Blue Circle’s investors are from France.

Contacted yesterday, Varabott Ho, director of The Blue Circle (Cambodia) Co Ltd, a subsidiary of the Singapore-based firm, said the company is now working to fulfill the requirements imposed by the government. He did not reveal further details about the projects.

Mr Jona told Khmer Times that building a facility able to generate one MW costs between $2 and $3 million.

If the project goes ahead as planned it will become the first of its kind in Cambodia. Mr Jona said the government believes wind energy is important because it can help reduce the electricity bill for Cambodians.

Electricite du Cambodge currently buys power from solar farms at $0.076 per kilowatt-hour.

The Blue Circle Pte Ltd is an independent power producing company with wind and solar energy projects in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The company was incorporated in 2013.

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