Wartsila will power Cambodia’s power plant built by China

Electricite Du Cambodge (EDC), Cambodia’s state-run electricity supplier has inked an agreement with two Chinese companies to build two power plants in Cambodia .

One will be powered by a 200 MW generator from Finnish firm Wartsila and built by Chinese firm CGGC-Un Power together with China National Heavy Machinery Corporation (CHMC) installing machinery, under an engineering, procurement and construction contract.

Another plant will be powered by 200 MW generator from Germany’s Man Group and built by CHMC.

EDC representatives have said the facility generating 400 megawatts is expected to be completed within 10 months and will be built in Koh Reah commune in Kandal province’s Lvea Em district

Held by EdC, CGGC-Un Power Co Ltd and China National Heavy Machinery Corporation on June 11, the signing ceremony for the 400MW power plant was attended by Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian, German Ambassador to Cambodia Ingo Karsten, and Finnish Ambassador to Cambodia Satu Suikkari-Kleven.

The total cost for the project will be $380 million, with $300 million funded by the government and the rest coming from EdC.

“This plant will ensure that our energy supply is stable. It will solve our energy problems next year,” Keo Ratanak, EDC managing director said.

Ratanak also said that, the power plant was constructed in order to cope the current energy crisis. The government has approved a number of strategies to address energy shortages including solar energy projects in Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Battambang, and Banteay Meanchey provinces.

“We are preparing to combat power shortages next year,” Ratanak said.

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