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Cambodia has wind energy potential – study

Power News - Published on Thu, 14 Mar 2019

Image Source: Khmer Times
Khmertimeskh reported that France-based Blue Circle has finished a feasibility study for a project to build wind turbines in the Kingdom, with results indicating investment should ensue. The results of the study were presented during a meeting on Monday between company representatives and Suy Sem, the Minister of Mines and Energy.

Mr Victor Jona, director-general of the energy department said that “The study began last year. Now that it is complete we can see that Cambodia has potential for investment in wind turbines.”

The study was conducted in Kampot, Preah Sihanoukville, and Mondulkiri provinces.

Mr Jona said that “If the company decides to invest, it will be the first wind farm in Cambodia adding that the turbines will be able to generate 63 megawatts once phase 1 of the project is complete.” He said the project will cost between USD 95 and USD 105 million, and the company will sell the power generated to Electricite du Cambodge at a rate ranging from USD 0.076 to USD 0.081.

Mr Jona told Khmer Times that “Because wind is a renewable resource that does not harm to environment, we welcome this project and ask the company to negotiate a fare with EDC to move forward with the investment. In principle, we agree to this project because we want green energy in the national grid. Currently, we generate power from hydropower dams and coal-fired plants.”

Last year, Cambodia consumed 2,650 MW, a 15 percent increase compared to a year earlier. 442 MW were imported from Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos in 2018. The rest was produced in Cambodia from coal-fired plants, hydropower dams, and solar farms.

The ministry estimates that the country will see a 16.1 percent increase in the supply of electricity in 2019, reaching 2,870 MW.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 14 Mar 2019
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