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Senate posed to sign off on 1,000 mW power project

Chea Vannak / Khmer Times Share:
Electric pole in city. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Senate will convene today for an extraordinary session to discuss the approval of three new power plants which will cumulatively generate nearly 1,000 mW.

The meeting will be chaired by Senate President Say Chhum.

If the project is green-lit, the trio of coal-fired power plants will comprise of one in Koh Kong province and a second in Oddor Meanchey province, with power outputs of 700 mW and 265 mW respectively.

The third project up for approval is a power line transmission project which will link the new plant in Oddor Meanchey to an existing power plant supply in Siem Reap province.

Victor Jona, director-general of energy at Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that the investors are primed and ready to start working on the projects.

“If the go-ahead is given, construction of the infrastructures of the plants can start imminently,” he said.

If everything goes to plan, the power projects will go live in 2021.

Of the three projects, the 700 mW coal-fired power plant is funded by the Royal Group.

A report from Ministry of Mines and Energy showed that power supplies rose by 28 percent in 2019 to 3,382 mW.

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