New Power Dam Built in Pursat Province

AKP Phnom Penh, August 11, 2020 —

An 80-megawatt hydropower dam project in Pursat province has started building necessary facilities, scheduling to generate power for the grid in 2023, which makes the province a power battery in the country.

The dam project is invested by Korean firm – SPHP (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. – with an investment capital of US$231 million.

The project, approved by the Royal Government in May this year, is located on Pursat River in Pramoy commune, Veal Veng district, Pursat province.

H.E. Victor Jona, Director-General of Energy at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, told AKP on Aug. 11 that infrastructure such as road to the site is under construction and compensation to local villagers affected by the project has already been made.

The project is on track of investment plan although in a hard time of COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

The power generated from the dam will be bought by the Electricité du Cambodge under the purchase agreement of US$0.07 per kWh.

“In Pursat province, there are many energy projects including Stung Atai hydropower dam and this Stung Pursat hydropower dam which is currently under construction and there is an under-construction solar park of 60 megawatts. All of power [generated from these sources] will be connected to the sub-stations in the province as Pursat is considered as a battery supplying power,” H.E. Victor Jona stressed.

The 120-megawatt Stung Atai hydropower dam, the first dam in the province, invested by Cambodia Hydropower Development Co., Ltd with US$370 million investment capital, is currently generating power for the grid.

The development of the 60-megawatt solar park is scheduled to complete before the end of 2020.

Another 30-megawatt power dam construction is scheduled to break ground in 2021. Both under-construction 60-megawatt solar project and new 30-megawatt solar project are invested by Schneitec Co., Ltd.

By Chea Vannak