Cambodia is set to sign a formal agreement to build a wind power station on Bokor Mountain in Kampot and add to its renewable power ambitions to support the Kingdom’s total energy output.
Wind Power in Cambodia
The Royal Cambodian government is looking to complete a deal with French-owned Blue Circle, the final obstacle being the negotiation of the power purchase agreement between Blue circle and the state-run electricity supplier Electricite du Cambodge (EdC) reports the Phnom Penh Post.
The Blue Circle (Cambodia) Co Ltd, is a subsidiary of Singapore-based The Blue Circle Pte Ltd, and are said to be the largest provider of renewable energy in Southeast Asia. The company operates in many ASEAN countries.
Electricite du Cambodge Director-General, Victor Jona said Blue Circle was looking to build at least 10 wind turbines with an 80MW capacity on top of Bokor Mountain in Tuek Chhou district’s Koh Touch commune. The project’s first phase will total 10 wind turbines with an 80MW capacity in Cambodia.
Blue Circle (Cambodia)
Blue Circle (Cambodia) Co Ltd has also surveyed three locations in Kampot, Preah Sihanouk, and Mondulkiri provinces for potential future projects.
Blue Circle has conducted a feasibility study in Mondulkiri and Kampot provinces since 2018. In March 2019, it concluded that Cambodia had the potential for wind energy investment and said Cambodia could generate 500MW from wind energy.
Solar Energy in Cambodia
As we reported earlier this year, Cambodia increased its total solar-power generation to 150MW (megawatts) in 2020. The Kingdom has 3 operational solar plants as of April 2020 and Royal Cambodian government gave the approval for the construction of four solar power plants in 2019.
Electricity in Cambodia
Cambodia uses hydropower dams, coal-fired power plants, imported power from neighbouring countries, and solar farms to generate electricity said the evwind website.
The Kingdom of Cambodia produced a total of 11.261 million kWh of electricity last year, up 21% from 9.427 million kWh in 2018 said the report from the Phnom Penh Post. Cambodia consumed a total of 12,014.59 million kWh in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 23%.