Four More Energy Projects Approved by Cambodian Cabinet Ministers

To further expand energy supply in the country, the Cabinet Meeting has endorsed four more energy projects - a hydropower and three solar power projects � pointed out a press release from the Press and Quick Reaction Unit of the Office of the Council of Ministers.

The plenary Cabinet Meeting took place here at the Peace Palace this morning under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sen Padei Techo Hun Sen.

The Stung Pursat I hydropower project of 80 megawatts is invested by SPHP (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. in Pramoy commune, Veal Veng district, Pursat province with an investment capital of US$231.10 million under the BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) form for 39 years.

Two 60-megawatt solar power stations will be built in Krakor district of Pursat province and in Tek Phos district of Kampong Chhnang province with a total investment capital of more than US$58 million under the BOO (Build-Own-Operate) form for 20 years by Schnei Tec Co., Ltd.

The cabinet ministers also approved to increase the energy generation capacity by 20 megawatts of the existing 60-megawatt solar power project invested by Schnei Tec Co. Ltd. in Thmat Porng, Oudong district, Kampong Speu province.

Cambodia, especially Phnom Penh, has been facing 400 megawatts of electricity shortage as more than half of the electricity sources are coming from hydropower dams which have not been running smoothly due to drought.

According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Cambodia has currently three main sources of electricity supply, including hydro-power plants of 1,329 megawatts, coal power stations of 538 megawatts, and solar energy of 64.77 megawatts.

Ministry's record shows that Cambodia consumed a total of 2,650 megawatts of electricity in 2018 � an increase of about 15 percent compared to 2017.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press