Heavy Fuel Oil Power Plant Construction in Kandal Province Almost Completed
AKP Phnom Penh, June 30, 2020 —
Construction of US$380 million 400-MW power plants fueled by heavy fuel oil in Kandal province’s Lvea Em district was 90 percent complete, senior official said.
The facility construction is almost done despite COVID-19 pandemic which has put limit on border crossings, H.E. Victor Jona, Director General of Energy at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, told AKP on Tuesday.
“The plant is currently about 90 percent complete and the engine units of the power plants imported from Finland and Germany have been installed,” he said, adding that the remain work involves technical matter by foreign experts (testing).
“Due to travel bans imposed during the COVID-19 crisis, foreign experts who will conduct testing of engine units of the power plants could not come at the moment,” he said.
However, the plants are expected to operate within this year if the COVID-19 crisis comes to an end, he underlined.
Facing power shortage in the dry season last year, Cambodian government decided to spend US$380 million to buy 400 MW engines – 200 MW engine each from Finland and Germany.
As some factories have been shut down due to the lack of raw materials caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the power demand decreases between 20 and 30 percent this year, H.E. Victor Jona said.
Last year, Cambodia consumed a total of 12,014.59 million kWh, a year-on-year increase of 23 percent.
By Chea Vannak