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Energy

New coal-fired plant billed at $600 million

Malaysian-owned energy firm Cambodian Energy II Co Ltd (CEL2) will invest a total of $600 million into building its 150-megawatt coal-fired power plant near Sihanoukville, which is set to become the Kingdom’s third coal-fired power station. ...

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The Phnom Penh Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/new-coal-fired-plant-billed-600-million

Dam blamed as dolphins vanish

The last remaining Irrawaddy dolphins have stopped coming to a stretch of the Mekong river in Preah Rumkel commune due to the Don Sahong hydropower dam in nearby Laos, locals have warned. ...

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May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36700/dam-blamed-as-dolphins-vanish/

NGO wary of promise to cancel hydropower dam project

Conservationists remain wary of the government’s recent pledge to sideline construction of the controversial Chhay Areng hydropower dam after finding the project on the Mines and Energy Ministry’s new to-do list.

After a February 17 Council of Ministers meeting, the government announced that plans to build the dam in the heart of Koh Kong province’s pristine Cardamom Mountains were indefinitely on hold and being replaced by an upgrade to an existing coal-fired power plant far away. At the time, council spokesman Phay Siphan said Prime Minister Hun Sen wanted to preserve the site for its ecotourism potential. ...

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Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ngo-wary-of-promise-to-cancel-hydropower-dam-project-126565/

Villagers affected by dam meet with government officials

Villagers from Stung Treng whose homes stand to be flooded by the Lower Sesan II dam met with representatives of the Ministry of Mines and Energy at an NGO Forum-sponsored meeting in Phnom Penh yesterday, in hopes of establishing a dialogue towards a long-awaited compromise. ...

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Touch Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-affected-dam-meet-government-officials

Villagers complain about dam deal

Several families affected by the construction of the Lower Sesan II dam yesterday renewed their calls for the government to demarcate boundaries so they can stay on their “ancestral land,” while others who chose to relocate painted a grim picture of squalid conditions in their new homes. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36329/villagers-complain-about-dam-deal/

Toshiba to build power plant

The Cambodian government has awarded Japanese-owned Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation (TPSC) the concession to construct a coal-fired power generation project in Preah Sihanouk province. ...

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May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35908/toshiba-to-build-power-plant/

Laos Dismisses Concerns Over Hydropower Project

High-ranking Laos officials said on Wednesday that the proposed Pak Beng hydropower dam will not have a major impact on downstream communities, claiming that they would take time to study its potential impacts. ...

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Sun Narin
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/laos-dismisses-concerns-over-hydropower-project/3735377.html

Laos’ Pak Beng dam proposal under scrutiny

Members of Mekong River Commission and civil society groups will be heading to Luang Prabang in Laos to attend the regional stakeholder meeting on Wednesday to discuss Laos’ proposal to build a third dam on the Mekong mainstream, the Pak Beng. ...

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Leakhena Sreng
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/lao-pak-beng-dam-proposal-under-scrunity/3733702.html

Environmental groups call on Cambodia to reject new Laos dam

Cambodian environmental groups on Friday asked the government to reject Laos’ 912-megawatt Pak Beng hydropower project, alarmed by the potential impacts on fisheries and sediment flow in the Mekong. ...

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Sun Narin
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/environmental-groups-call-on-cambodia-to-reject-new-laos-dam/3733645.html

Poipet SEZ to import power

A special economic zone (SEZ) in Poipet City has decided to import electricity from Thailand to ensure a reliable power supply as it expects the influx of more factories and investment. ...

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Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35649/poipet-sez-to-import-power/

Cardamoms in power’s path

The Council of Ministers on Friday gave the green light for construction of a transmission line from Koh Kong province’s Stung Tatai hydropower dam to Phnom Penh, raising concerns from conservationists who fear the impact of cutting through largely untouched forest areas in the Southern Cardamoms. ...

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Ananth Baliga and Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cardamoms-powers-path

Cabinet approves power projects

The Cabinet of ministers approved on Friday two electricity development projects in a bid to address the increasing demand for electricity in the kingdom. ...

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Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35605/cabinet-approves-power-projects/

NGOs slam the new Mekong dam

Environmental organizations and civil society groups have expressed concern at plans to build another dam along the Mekong River in Laos and asked the Lao government to suspend the project due to the effects it will have on communities, water flow and fishery resources in Cambodia. In addition,  water resources and hydropower researcher Oeurng Chantha said the governments along the Mekong had a duty to study the technical, economic and social impacts of dams on local residents and hydrology changes before approving any project. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35615/ngos-slam-the-new-mekong-dam/

Investors need stable, quality electricity

Stable and quality electricity is needed to attract additional high-value-added manufacturing to Cambodia, but the quality of electricity in the kingdom remains a challenge for investors as the manufacturing sector continues to diversify. ...

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Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35501/investors-need-stable--quality-electricity/

Industry leaders voice concern over sky-high cost of electricity

Private sector industry leaders speaking at an investment conference yesterday in the capital railed on the high cost of electrical power, which they said was sapping their competitiveness, while state officials offered assurances that state-backed power generation schemes would soon bring prices down. ...

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Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/industry-leaders-voice-concern-over-sky-high-cost-electricity

Pestech extends and ups power contract

Malaysian-owned power infrastructure provider Pestech (Cambodia) Ltd has upgraded and expanded its agreement with Cambodia’s Alex Corporation to develop a transmission line and power substation ...

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Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/pestech-extends-and-ups-power-contract

Cambodia groups urge to reject new Laos dam at talks

t the forthcoming regional consultation forum on Laos’ Pak Beng hydropower dam in Luang Prabang, Cambodian environmental groups will urge relevant stakeholders, including the Cambodian government, to reject the 912-megawatt project, alarmed by the potential impacts on fisheries and sediment flow in the Mekong. ...

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Sun Narin
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodia-groups-urge-to-reject-new-laos-dam-at-talks/3709493.html

EDC: 2017 electricity imports to fall

The EDC report stated that Cambodia’s purchase of electricity from overseas fell by about 25 percent in 2016 compared with the previous year. According to EDC’s projections, this year’s imports are expected to fall further by 20 percent compared to 2016 due to domestic production increasing by 19.8 percent last year, compared with 2015. ...

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Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/34965/edc--2017-electricity-imports-to-fall/

Coal-fired plant tests new power generator

Structural testing of the third unit of a 700-megawatt coal-fired power plant under development in Preah Sihanouk province has begun, with the new unit expected to go online by the end of the quarter, a government official said yesterday. ...

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Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/coal-fired-plant-tests-new-power-generator

New dam on Mekong looms

Representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam gathered in Vientiane on Thursday to launch a six-month consultation process on what would be the third mainstream hydropower dam in Laos’s Lower Mekong River. ...

 

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Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-dam-mekong-looms

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