The Royal Group of Cambodia yesterday announced it has solved all land issues and compensated 58 families impacted by its 700-megawatt coal-fired power plant project in Koh Kong province.
The 58 families are residents of Thmar Sar commune in Botum Sakor district, a provincial administration report said. It said compensation was provided to any affected landowners as
stipulated in the company’s policy.
The report also said all the affected families accepted the compensation offered by the company without protest.
Speaking during a meeting with provincial authorities to finalise the deal, Chairman and CEO of TRGC Kith Meng expressed his gratitude to the impacted families and said his company will do whatever it takes to complete the project on time, “for the benefits of the people and the nation”.
The project also includes the constructions of a 230-KVA power line, which is connected to the state-run Botum Sakor sub-station, a two-lane 6km coal transport bridge and coal storage, a 40km access entrance to the project and a sub-station. After its completion, the project will be selling the energy to the Electricite du Cambodge (EDC).
The Royal Group’s power plant project was approved in March this year by the National Assembly.
Cheam Yeap, chairman of the National Assembly’s Commission on Economy, Finance, Banking and Audit, said that investment in power projects contributes to the development of the country’s economic growth and the impact to the environment is at a controllable level.
“These power projects will widely contribute to implementing the government’s policy on reducing power tariffs and boost efforts towards developing the national economy and eliminating poverty in Cambodia,” he said.
According to an annual report from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Kingdom’s power supply rose by 28 percent in 2019, to 3,382 megawatts.