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New coal-fired power plant in national park commissioned

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A coal power plant In Stung Hav district, Preah Sihanouk province. EDC

The Kingdom’s tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group has secured 168.8 hectares of land in Koh Kong’s Botum Sakor National Park under a leasing agreement to develop a 700 megawatt (mW)  coal power plant, according to a government sub-decree.

The sub-decree, signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and released on Aug 6, states that the government has reclassified the state-public land of the park, in Thmar Sor and Chamlong Kor village, Thmar Sor commune, Botum Sakor district, to state-private land as sustainable
use areas.

The agreement is under the Ministry of Environment as the authority to hold state property and in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, as the authority to manage the property in accordance with the laws and principles of the government, according to the sub-decree.

The National Assembly in March approved a draft provision of a state guarantee for three new power projects, one of which is a 700mW coal-fired power plant investment undertaken by the Royal Group.

The $1.344 billion value project will comprise two generators. One will be a 350mW generator that is scheduled to generate power in 2023 and the other a 350mW generator that is scheduled to generate power in 2024. According to the National Assembly’s approved  draft, the project is contracted under a power-purchase agreement with Electricite Du Cambodge (EDC). The agreement is a state guarantee that pays investors if the facilities fail to operate as per the purchase agreement.

An annual report from the Ministry of Mines and Energy shows that Cambodia’s main electricity sources are hydroelectric dams and coal-fired power plants.

The country has seven Chinese-built hydropower dams with a total capacity of 1,328mW and three coal-fired power plants in Stung Hav district, Preah Sihanouk province, with a combined capacity of 675mW.

Power supply rose by 28 percent in 2019 to 3,382 mW, according to the report.

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